In the present study we analyse the human skeletal remains of 10 of the 12 inhumations brought to light in the Neolithic ditched village of Passo di Corvo (VI millennium B.C., Foggia, Apulia, Italy), excavated between 1966 and 1980. The burials were identified as primary inhumations during the excavations, but we observed intentional peri mortem lesions (cut, chop and scrape marks) on some of the bones, attesting practices of defleshing and possibly of dismemberment. These findings indicate that the funerary rituals of the Neolithic people of Passo di Corvo included cadaver treatment practices that were impossible to postulate without a careful observation of the bones. This study highlights the importance of anthropological analysis even in the case of apparently clear contexts.

Mariotti, V., Muntoni, I.M., Belcastro, M.G. (2020). New insights into the funerary rituals of the Neolithic site of Passo di Corvo (Apulia, Italy): The study of the human remains. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE: REPORTS, 34, 1-14 [10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102643].

New insights into the funerary rituals of the Neolithic site of Passo di Corvo (Apulia, Italy): The study of the human remains

Mariotti, Valentina;Belcastro, Maria Giovanna
2020

Abstract

In the present study we analyse the human skeletal remains of 10 of the 12 inhumations brought to light in the Neolithic ditched village of Passo di Corvo (VI millennium B.C., Foggia, Apulia, Italy), excavated between 1966 and 1980. The burials were identified as primary inhumations during the excavations, but we observed intentional peri mortem lesions (cut, chop and scrape marks) on some of the bones, attesting practices of defleshing and possibly of dismemberment. These findings indicate that the funerary rituals of the Neolithic people of Passo di Corvo included cadaver treatment practices that were impossible to postulate without a careful observation of the bones. This study highlights the importance of anthropological analysis even in the case of apparently clear contexts.
2020
Mariotti, V., Muntoni, I.M., Belcastro, M.G. (2020). New insights into the funerary rituals of the Neolithic site of Passo di Corvo (Apulia, Italy): The study of the human remains. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE: REPORTS, 34, 1-14 [10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102643].
Mariotti, Valentina; Muntoni, Italo M.; Belcastro, Maria Giovanna
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