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Human Remains from Middle Bronze Age Burials at Sidon, Lebanon: the 2001 Season

By Alan R. Ogden and Holger Schutkowski

Abstract

NoThis report is concerned with fragmented skeletal remains dating to the Middle Bronze Age that were excavated in the 2001 campaign at Sidon, Lebanon. From 19 discrete burial units a total of 31 individuals were identifiedand assessed as to their biological characteristics. The majority of adults who could be sexed were male, many of them strongly built. The overall age distribution in this sample is characterised by a pattern commonly found in prehistoric assemblages, with high mortality during infancy and early childhood and a peak in adult mortality during early adulthood. There is a conspicuous occurrence of unusual dental traits. Jar burials, all found with remains of sub-adult individuals, represent a burial practice applied to children of a wide age range. Many burials are associated with faunal remains, mostly of sheep or goats, but also of large ungulates

Topics: Burial, Bronze Age, Lebanon, Mortality, Asia, Anthropology, Ceramics, Skeleton
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/4057
Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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