Ritual Patterns in the Deposits of Fauna Associated with Iberian Burials: The Necropolis of El Poblado During the Fourth to Second Centuries bc (Archaeological Complex of Coimbra del Barranco Ancho, Murcia)

Authors

  • S. Albizuri,

    1. SGR2009-1145, SERP (Seminari d'Estudis i Recerques Prehistòriques), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
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  • M. E. SubirÀ,

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    1. SGR2009-566, Unitat d'antropologia Biològica, Dpt BABVE, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
    2. Minoa Arqueologia i Serveis SL, 08193 Bellaterra, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
    • Correspondence to: M. Eulàlia Subirà, Unit of Antropologia Biològica, Dpt. Biologia animal, biologia vegetal i ecologia, Fac. Biociències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Spain.

      e-mail: Eulalia.Subira@uab.cat

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  • J. Ruiz

    1. Minoa Arqueologia i Serveis SL, 08193 Bellaterra, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
    2. GRAPAC (Grup de Recerca Aplicada al Patrimoni Cultural). Dpt BABVE, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
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Abstract

The study of grave goods, including animal deposits, offers a deeper understanding of social issues. This paper presents the results of the analysis of human and animal bone samples from the Iberian necropolis of El Poblado, Murcia. The examination focusses on 18 deposits of ovicaprids radii and ulnae, mostly of the left side, that were derived from 14 cremation tombs of the 74 studied. By considering the human and animal remains together, it is possible to highlight differences in the rituals of certain graves and variations in animal symbolism related to human sex and age. This provides a new understanding of the social and cultural differentiation that existed in the Iberian communities of this period. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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