Twins in prehistory: The case from Olèrdola (Barcelona, Spain; s. IV II BC)
Article first published online: 5 MAY 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 21, Issue 6, pages 751–756, November/December 2011
How to Cite
Crespo, L., Subirà, M. E. and Ruiz, J. (2011), Twins in prehistory: The case from Olèrdola (Barcelona, Spain; s. IV II BC). Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 21: 751–756. doi: 10.1002/oa.1169
- Issue published online: 18 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 5 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 MAR 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 12 MAR 2010
- Manuscript Received: 28 SEP 2009
- Archaeological Museum of Catalonia. Olèrdola
- 4th–2nd centuries BC;
This paper details the discovery of two perinatal individuals interred simultaneously at the archaeological site of Olèrdola, Barcelona, Spain. Information from the excavation and from the subsequent anthropological study of the recovered skeletal and dental remains suggests that these individuals (OL–2000–8245 and OL–2000–8246) are the first documented case of twins in Iberian period. The possibility of a simultaneous perinatal twins burial at Olèrdola raises new questions concerning about the frequency of twins in prehistory and protohistory. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.