The Roman Cemetery of Porta Nocera at Pompeii

The contribution of osteological re-associations to the study of secondary cremation burials

Authored by: Henri Duday , Christopher J. Knüsel , Eline M.J. Schotsmans

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeothanatology

Print publication date:  April  2022
Online publication date:  April  2022

Print ISBN: 9781138492424
eBook ISBN: 9781351030625
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351030625-18

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Abstract

Twenty years ago, Duday, Depierre and Janin (2000) presented a methodological review of new approaches to the study of cremation burials to highlight the need to excavate cremated human remains deposits in successive layers, an idea which had already been put forward by Grévin (1990), and to establish a quantitative approach based on the weight of remains, consisting of the total weight of burned bones and the relative weight of the remains of the head, trunk and upper and lower limbs, rather than of bone fragment counts (Depierre, 2014: 257ff.).

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