Cremation practices coexisting at the S'Illot des Porros Necropolis during the Second Iron Age in the Balearic Islands (Spain)

Giampaolo Piga, Jordi Hernández-Gasch, Assumpciò Malgosa, Maria Luisa Ganadu, Stefano Enzo

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Abstract

The necropolis of S'Illot des Porros. , one of the most important prehistoric funerary sites of the Balearic Islands (Spain), was in use from the VIth and Vth century BCE until the Ist century CE. Located in a funerary area which contains two cementeries and one sanctuary, this site is constituted by three funerary chambers named A, B and C, respectively. Investigations on all the human burnt bone remains of the chambers, carried out mainly by the X-ray diffraction and supplemented in some cases by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy pointed to the simultaneous use of inhumation and cremation funerary rites, probably due to existing social differences.In particular, it was argued that the chambers were differentiated, i.e., B was dedicated to inhumations and A to cremations, the cremations found in chamber B very likely being a result of a cleaning-purification of the burial area. Moreover, chamber C, which is the most ancient (IVth century BCE) and with the largest number of inhumed remains, contains the smallest number of remains that were exposed to fire and just in one case it seems possible to attribute a genuine high-temperature cremation. © 2010 Elsevier GmbH.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-452
JournalHOMO- Journal of Comparative Human Biology
Volume61
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

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