Biological differences related to cultural variability during the Neolithic in a micro-geographical area of the Iberian Peninsula

Diego López-Onaindia, Mireia Coca, Juan Francisco Gibaja, Maria Eulàlia Subirà

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Abstract

© 2017, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. This paper presents dental morphological data of Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze Age populations from the Catalan Pre-Pyrenean area. The Neolithic group, in particular, differs from those of surrounding areas in its funerary culture: the building of cists, which is not present in the Sepulcres de Fossa Culture. A minimum number of 118 individuals from this area were studied for this work, and the data were compared with those of other Iberian and European groups. The results indicate that the two micro-regional groups from the Catalan area (Pre-Pyrenean and Pre-Coastal) were biologically different during the Neolithic and the Chalcolithic, but not in the Bronze Age, when they also appeared to be more homogeneous culturally. In addition, both areas differ biologically from coetaneous Italian groups, although those closer to the coast show slightly smaller differences. Finally, the Bronze Age groups also present fewer differences with regard to the Italian Bronze Age’s group. Therefore, the results suggest that the Catalan Neolithic population had two separate origins, related to cultural patterns, and that differences between the groups decreased within time, probably due to trade-related activities. Moreover, the fact that the difference with Italian populations decreased during the Bronze Age suggests major population movements through the Mediterranean that would affect the biological composition of the human groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1957-1969
JournalArchaeological and Anthropological Sciences
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Cists
  • Dental morphology
  • Pre-Pyrenean
  • Sepulcres de Fossa culture

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