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Title: Issues of theory and method in the analysis of Paleolithic mortuary behavior: a view from Shanidar Cave
Authors: Pomeroy, Emma
Hunt, Chris O.
Reynolds, Tim
Asouti, Eleni
Bennett, Paul
Bosch, Marjolein
Burke, Ariane
Farr, Lucy ‎
Foley, Robert
French, Charles
Frumkin, Amos
Goldberg, Paul
Hill, Evan
Kabukcu, Ceren
Lahr, Marta Mirazón
Lane, Ross
Marean, Curtis W. ‎
Maureille, Bruno
Mutri, Giuseppina
Miller, Christopher E.
Mustafa, Kaify Ali
Nymark, Andreas
Pettitt, Paul B.
Sala, Nohemi
Sandgathe, Dennis M.
Stringer, Chris
Tilby, Emily
Barker, Graeme
Keywords: Burial;Funerary activity;Mortuary activity;Neanderthal;Sediment micromorphology;Taphonomy
Issue Date: Oct-2020
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Evolutionary Anthropology, 2020, 29 (5), 263-279
Abstract: Mortuary behavior (activities concerning dead conspecifics) is one of many traits that were previously widely considered to have been uniquely human, but on which perspectives have changed markedly in recent years. Theoretical approaches to hominin mortuary activity and its evolution have undergone major revision, and advances in diverse archeological and paleoanthropological methods have brought new ways of identifying behaviors such as intentional burial. Despite these advances, debates concerning the nature of hominin mortuary activity, particularly among the Neanderthals, rely heavily on the rereading of old excavations as new finds are relatively rare, limiting the extent to which such debates can benefit from advances in the field. The recent discovery of in situ articulated Neanderthal remains at Shanidar Cave offers a rare opportunity to take full advantage of these methodological and theoretical developments to understand Neanderthal mortuary activity, making a review of these advances relevant and timely.
ISSN: 1060-1538
DOI: 10.1002/evan.21854
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