The necropolis of Can Gambus-1 (Sabadell, Barcelona). new data on the funerary practices during the middle neolithic in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula

Jordi Roig, Joan Manel Coll, Juan Francisco Gibaja, Philippe Chambon, Vàngelis Villar, Jordi Ruiz, Xavier Terradas, Maria Eulàlia Subirà

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Abstract

In this paper we deal with the Neolithic burials at the site of Can Gambús-1, belonging of the so called "Cultura de los Sepulcros de Fosa" (from end of the fifth to the beginning of the fourth millennia cal BC). The main aim is to present new data on the procedures of excavation of the pits, the materials used in the covering of the graves and the treatment given to some of the corpses. The detailed archaeological reconstruction of the funerary behaviour has been possible thanks to the exceptional state of preservation of the graves, the rigorous process of archaeological excavation, the anthropological study carried out, as well as to the achievement of a detailed taxonomic study of all the available evidences. Likewise, the grave goods recovered in the burials are presented. Their quantity and quality is outstanding compared with other similar funerary contexts. Probably this fact is due to the exclusive presence of adult individuals among the buried ones. Palabras clave: Mediterráneo occidental; Neolítico; Arqueología de la muerte; Ritual funerario; Paleoantropología; Tafonomía; Carbono 14; Ajuares; Tecnología.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-84
JournalTrabajos de Prehistoria
Volume67
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Archaeology of death
  • Funerary ritual
  • Grave goods
  • Neolithic
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Radiocarbon
  • Taphonomy
  • Technology
  • Western mediterranean

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