Prehistoric Old World Scalping: New Cases from the Cemetery of Aymyrlyg, South Siberia

  title={Prehistoric Old World Scalping: New Cases from the Cemetery of Aymyrlyg, South Siberia},
  author={Eileen M Murphy and I. I. Gokhman and Yuri Chistov and L. S. Barkova},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={1 - 10}
Evidence for three definitive cases of scalping have been identified among the corpus of human skeletal remains excavated from the Iron Age south Siberian cemetery of Aymyrlyg in Tuva. The osteological evidence for scalping that is apparent in these individuals is presented here, as are the results of a recent reexamination of a previously known south Siberian case from the royal burial in Kurgan 2 at Pazyryk. These four Iron Age Siberian cases of scalping are important in part because they… 
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