Funerary practices or food delicatessen? Human remains with anthropic marks from the Western Mediterranean Mesolithic
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Funerary practices or food delicatessen? Human remains with anthropic marks from the Western Mediterranean Mesolithic

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Funerary practices or food delicatessen? Human remains with anthropic marks from the Western Mediterranean Mesolithic

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dc.contributor.author Morales Pérez, Juan Vicente
dc.contributor.author Salazar García, Domingo Carlos
dc.contributor.author de Miguel Ibáñez, María Paz
dc.contributor.author Miret Estruch, Carles
dc.contributor.author Jordá Pardo, Jesús F.
dc.contributor.author Verdasco Cebrián, Carlos
dc.contributor.author Pérez Ripoll, Manuel
dc.contributor.author Aura Tortosa, J. Emili
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-27T08:41:41Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-27T08:41:41Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10550/56915
dc.description.abstract The identification of unarticulated human remains with anthropic marks in archaeological contexts normally involves solving two issues: a general one associated with the analysis and description of the anthropic manipulation marks, and another with regard to the interpretation of their purpose. In this paper we present new evidence of anthropophagic behaviour amongst hunter-gatherer groups of the Mediterranean Mesolithic. A total of 30 human remains with anthropic manipulation marks have been found in the Mesolithic layers of Coves de Santa Maira (Castell de Castells, Alicante, Spain), dating from ca. 10.2-9 cal ky BP. We describe the different marks identified on both human and faunal remains at the site (lithic, tooth, percussion and fire marks on bone cortex). As well as describing these marks, and considering that both human and faunal remains at the site present similar depositional and taphonomic features, this paper also contextualizes them within the archaeological context and subsistence patterns described for Mesolithic groups in the region. We cannot entirely rule out the possibility that these practices may be the result of periodic food stress suffered by the human populations. These anthropophagic events at the site coincide with a cultural change at the regional Epipalaeolithic-Mesolithic transition.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 2017, vol. 45, p. 115-130
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Morales Pérez, Juan Vicente Salazar García, Domingo Carlos de Miguel Ibáñez, María Paz Miret Estruch, Carles Jordá Pardo, Jesús F. Verdasco Cebrián, Carlos Pérez Ripoll, Manuel Aura Tortosa, J. Emili 2017 Funerary practices or food delicatessen? Human remains with anthropic marks from the Western Mediterranean Mesolithic Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 45 115 130
dc.subject Prehistòria
dc.title Funerary practices or food delicatessen? Human remains with anthropic marks from the Western Mediterranean Mesolithic
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2017-01-27T08:41:42Z
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2016.11.002
dc.identifier.idgrec 114887

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