Bone Modifications in an Early Holocene Cremation Burial from Palawan, Philippines
Article first published online: 19 JUL 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
How to Cite
Lara, M., Paz, V., Lewis, H. and Solheim, W. (2013), Bone Modifications in an Early Holocene Cremation Burial from Palawan, Philippines. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol.. doi: 10.1002/oa.2326
- Article first published online: 19 JUL 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 23 MAY 2013 03:01PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 15 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Received: 25 MAY 2012
- bone modification;
- early Holocene;
- Southeast Asia
Fragments of a single human skeleton recovered from a discrete archaeological context and dating to the Early Holocene from Ille Site, Palawan, Philippines, provided a unique opportunity to utilise anthropogenic bone modifications to reconstruct the postmortem history of a body prior to its deposition. Aside from being burnt, the remains were found to exhibit a combination of cutmarks, scrape marks, and impact scars indicative of disarticulation, defleshing, and hammerstone percussion. The results clearly demonstrate a complex ritualistic treatment of the body prior to interment that, so far, has not been recorded in Southeast Asia. This thus adds to the growing data of varying burial traditions during the early Holocene across the region. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.