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Issues of theory and method in the analysis of Paleolithic mortuary behavior: a view from Shanidar Cave

Pomeroy, E, Hunt, CO, Reynolds, T, Abdulmutalb, D, Asouti, E, Bennett, P, Bosch, M, Burke, A, Farr, L, Foley, R, French, C, Frumkin, A, Goldberg, P, Hill, E, Kabucku, C, Mirazón Lahr, M, Lane, R, Marean, C, Maureille, B, Mutri, G , Miller, CE, Kaify, AM, Nymark, A, Pettitt, P, Sala, N, Sandgathe, D, Stringer, C, Tilby, E and Barker, G Issues of theory and method in the analysis of Paleolithic mortuary behavior: a view from Shanidar Cave. Evolutionary Anthropology. ISSN 1060-1538 (Accepted)

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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 archaeological 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 re-reading 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0603 Evolutionary Biology, 1601 Anthropology, 2101 Archaeology, 1607 Social Work
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 10:36
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2020 10:45
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13061

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