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'Mort FL, Gambier D, 1991: Cutmarks and Breakage on the Human Bones from Le Placard (France). An Example of Special Mortuary Practice During the Upper Palaeolithic. Anthropologie (Brno) 29, 3: 189-194'.
Skeletal remains from at least 24 individuals (adults and children), including essentially cranial bones, were uncovered from the site of Le Placard (Charente - France) at the end of the nineteenth century, during the excavations conducted by A. de Maret. Contrary to conclusions drawn by some prehistorians, they all belong to a same cultural level, very likely the first part of the Magdalenian. Cultural modifications were observed on this material and partly studied by Breuil and Obermaier (1909). A full study of the bones allowed us to point out a special mortuary practice including defleshing of the skulls, breakage of at least some of them in order to give them a particular shape, and, probably, a protective treatment.
Mortuary practice - Cutmarks - Breakage - "Cranial goblets" - Magdalenian - France

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