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The Roc de Marsal Neandertal child: a reassessment of its status as a deliberate burial

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Whether Neandertals buried their dead has considerable bearing on the debate concerning the nature of their cultural behavior. Among the claims for intentional Neandertal burial in Europe, the child from Roc de Marsal has long been one of the less contentious examples because its articulated skeleton was found in what has become widely accepted as an intentionally excavated pit. However, what is known about the context of the Roc de Marsal remains from the original descriptions, coupled with new stratigraphic, sedimentological, and archaeological data on the site from recent excavations, cast serious doubt on this interpretation.

UOW Authors


  •   Sandgathe, Dennis M. (external author)
  •   Dibble, Harold L. (external author)
  •   Goldberg, Paul (external author)
  •   McPherron, Shannon P. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Sandgathe, D. M., Dibble, H. L., Goldberg, P. & McPherron, S. P. (2011). The Roc de Marsal Neandertal child: a reassessment of its status as a deliberate burial. Journal of Human Evolution, 61 (3), 243-253.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80051475687

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3071

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 243

End Page


  • 253

Volume


  • 61

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Whether Neandertals buried their dead has considerable bearing on the debate concerning the nature of their cultural behavior. Among the claims for intentional Neandertal burial in Europe, the child from Roc de Marsal has long been one of the less contentious examples because its articulated skeleton was found in what has become widely accepted as an intentionally excavated pit. However, what is known about the context of the Roc de Marsal remains from the original descriptions, coupled with new stratigraphic, sedimentological, and archaeological data on the site from recent excavations, cast serious doubt on this interpretation.

UOW Authors


  •   Sandgathe, Dennis M. (external author)
  •   Dibble, Harold L. (external author)
  •   Goldberg, Paul (external author)
  •   McPherron, Shannon P. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Sandgathe, D. M., Dibble, H. L., Goldberg, P. & McPherron, S. P. (2011). The Roc de Marsal Neandertal child: a reassessment of its status as a deliberate burial. Journal of Human Evolution, 61 (3), 243-253.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80051475687

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3071

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 243

End Page


  • 253

Volume


  • 61

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom