From the Sunghir Children to the Romito Dwarf

  title={From the Sunghir Children to the Romito Dwarf},
  author={Vincenzo Formicola},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={446 - 453}
  • V. Formicola
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Environmental Science
  • Current Anthropology
Because of their number, state of preservation, richness, and diversity of associated grave goods, burials from the Upper Paleolithic (28,000–10,000 BP) represent an important source of information on ideological aspects modeling funerary behavior of these populations. Analysis of the European record reveals an intriguing high frequency of multiple burials. A multiple burial may be unrelated to simultaneous deaths. However, absence of bone and grave goods displacement indicates that the… 

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