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“Over His/Her Dead Body”: Modes of Treating the Human Body at the Hamangia Cemetery from Cernavodă
“Over His/Her Dead Body”: Modes of Treating the Human Body at the Hamangia Cemetery from Cernavodă

Author(s): Raluca Kogălniceanu
Subject(s): Archaeology
Published by: Universitatea »1 Decembrie 1918« Alba Iulia
Keywords: Neolithic; burials; body manipulation; disarticulation; contextual analysis

Summary/Abstract: What we know about the Hamangia burial practices comes mostly from the discoveries made at Durankulak, Bulgaria. But is that image the only possible one? An ongoing study of the discoveries made at the Hamangia cemetery excavated at Cernavodă, Romania seem to tell a different story. The study of the Cernavodă discoveries has identified widespread manipulation of the human body, in manners which are partially different from the “standard” burials recorded at Durankulak. So far, the study of the bones and of documentation relating to the Cernavodă site, illustrate cases of cutting, burning and secondary manipulation of human bones alongside the burial of complete bodies in supine extended position or flexed lying on one side.

  • Issue Year: 18/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 47-60
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English