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152 pages

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Published Oct 2015

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784912130

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Cannibalism in the Linear Pottery Culture: The Human Remains from Herxheim

By Bruno Boulestin, Anne-Sophie Coupey

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This volume presents the first extensive study of the human remains found during 2005-2010 excavations of the Herxheim enclosure, Germany. The site is is one of the major discoveries of the last two decades regarding the Linear Pottery Culture, and probably one of the most significant in advancing understanding of how this culture ended.



Introduction: recalling Herxheim’s general context ;
General aspects of methods and material ;
Modalities of deposition and burial of the human remains ;
Quantitative analysis of the human remains ;
General study of bone modifications ;
Anatomical study ;
Number of individuals, biology and demography ;
Synthesis and general discussion ;
Conclusion: putting flesh on the bones ;

About the Author

Bruno Boulestin is an anthropologist at the University of Bordeaux, France, member of the “Anthropologie des populations passées et presents” (A3P) team of the unit “De la Préhistoire à l’Actuel, Culture, Environnement, Anthropologie” (PACEA, UMR 5199 of the CNRS). He is working on the diachronic study of practices around death in ancient societies from both archaeological, bioarchaeological and socio-anthropological data and is specialized in the study of bone modifications and corpse treatments. ;

Anne-Sophie Coupey is an archaeologist at the University of Rennes 1, France, Centre de Recherche en Archéologie, Archéosciences et Histoire (CReAAH, UMR 6566 of the CNRS). She is in the archaeology of death and has worked mainly on funerary practices in Southeastern Asia.