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

Pomeroy, Emma and Hunt, Chris O. and Reynolds, Tim and Abdulmutalb, Dlshad and Asouti, Eleni and Bennett, Paul and Bosch, Marjolein and Burke, Ariane and Farr, Lucy and Foley, Robert and French, Charles and Frumkin, Amos and Goldberg, Paul and Hill, Evan and Kabukcu, Ceren and Lahr, Marta Mirazón and Lane, Ross and Marean, Curtis and Maureille, Bruno and Mutri, Giuseppina and Miller, Christopher E. and Mustafa, Kaify Ali and Nymark, Andreas and Pettitt, Paul and Sala, Nohemi and Sandgathe, Dennis and Stringer, Chris and Tilby, Emily and Barker, Graeme (2020) 'Issues of theory and method in the analysis of Paleolithic mortuary behavior : a view from Shanidar Cave.', Evolutionary anthropology : issues, news, and reviews., 29 (5). pp. 263-279.

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 archeological 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 rereading 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.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1002/evan.21854
Publisher statement:© 2020 The Authors. Evolutionary Anthropology published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:06 June 2020
Date deposited:17 July 2020
Date of first online publication:11 July 2020
Date first made open access:17 July 2020

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