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Roots of Death: origins of human burial and the research on early Holocene mortuary practices in the Iberian Peninsula
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Organismal Biology. (Jakobsson Lab)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3309-474X
2016 (English)In: Mesolithic burials: Rites, symbols and social organisation of early postglacial communities. / [ed] Judith M. Grünberg, Bernhard Gramsch, Lars Larsson, Jörg Orschiedt and Harald Meller, 2016, Vol. Band 13/II, p. 629-643Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the context of postglacial environmental changes, the new form of settlement known to exist in the Late Mesolithic seems to be followed by a different relationship to death. In the archaeological record, this is well observed in the shell midden sites known in both the Tagus and Sado valleys in Portugal, with ca. 374 human burials of both sexes and ages, mostly individual primary depositions. This concentration of human remains and the regular practice of funerary burial are in apparent contrast with the archaeological record for previous phases, at least in the Iberian Peninsula.

Here, I present a review of the archaeological data available for the mortuary practices of the Early Holocene, i.e. Early Mesolithic, in the Iberian Peninsula, prior to these Late Mesolithic cemeteries in the Tagus and Sado valleys, and attempt to trace back in time the possible origins of this behaviour in the hunter-gatherer mortuary tradition.

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2016. Vol. Band 13/II, p. 629-643
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TAGUNGEN DES LANDESMUSEUMS FÜR VORGESCHICHTE HALLE, ISSN 2194-9441
Keywords [en]
Mesolithic, Iberian Peninsula, Mortuary Practices
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-327105ISBN: 978-3-944507-43-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-327105DiVA, id: diva2:1129442
Conference
International Conference in Halle (Saale), Germany, 18th–21st September 2013
Available from: 2017-08-03 Created: 2017-08-03 Last updated: 2017-10-03Bibliographically approved

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