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Title: An unusual pre-bell beaker copper age cave burial context from El Portalón de Cueva Mayor site (Sierra de Atapuerca, Burgos)
Authors: Pérez-Romero, Amalia
Iriarte, Eneko
Galindo-Pellicena, María Ángeles
García-González, Rebeca
Rodríguez, Laura
Castilla, María
Francés-Negro, Marta
Santos, Elena
Valdiosera Morales, Cristina
Arsuaga, Juan Luis
Alday Ruiz, Alfonso
Carretero Díaz, José Miguel
Keywords: Cave burials;Chalcolithic;Sierra de Atapuerca;North Spain
Issue Date: Mar-2017
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Quaternary International, 2017, 433, Part A, 142-155
Abstract: This work presents the results from the excavation of a multiple burial in a pseudo-tumular structure constructed in the Cueva Mayor cave in the Sierra de Atapuerca (Burgos), specifically focusing on the entrance of this cave in an area known as El Portalón archaeological site. We recovered the skeletal remains of a minimum of eight individuals from several altered primary burials with bones showing different levels of associated grave goods and faunal remains. A series of radiocarbon dates obtained from seeds, human and animal bones, place these burials at the end of the fifth millennium BP. The domestic animals and ceramics suggest a complex and symbolic human–animal relationship. The information obtained from the site of El Portalón significantly broadens our understanding of funerary rituals during the Chalcolithic period.
ISSN: 1040-6182
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.06.063
Type: Article
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