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A Unique case of prone position in the primary cremation tomb 252 of Monte Sirai necropolis (Carbonia, Sardinia, Italy)

Piga, Giampaolo and Malgosa, Assumpció and Thompson, T. J. U. and Guirguis, Michele and Enzo, Stefano (2012) A Unique case of prone position in the primary cremation tomb 252 of Monte Sirai necropolis (Carbonia, Sardinia, Italy). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology , in press. eISSN 1099-1212. Article.

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DOI: 10.1002/oa.2270

Abstract

A series of graves belonging to the Phoenician period were investigated after the campaign excavation of 2007 in the Phoenician-Punic necropolis of Monte Sirai (Carbonia, Sardinia, Italy). One tomb in particular (labelled 252) is presented here because of its uniqueness. Tomb 252 contained the cremated remains of an individual, probably male, and comparison of the excavation records alongside reconstruction of the bone material itself makes clear that the individual was cremated in a prone position. It represents the first case of prone cremation reported in the literature. To investigate whether the temperature of the cremation was homogenous across the entire body, we have conducted a combined physical–chemical analysis using X-ray diffraction spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:8076
Status:In Press
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Phoenician age, primary incineration, prone position, X-ray diffraction, Sardinia
Subjects:Area 03 - Scienze chimiche > CHIM/02 Chimica fisica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Chimica e Farmacia
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Storia, Scienze dell'Uomo e della Formazione
Publisher:Wiley
eISSN:1099-1212
Deposited On:22 Oct 2012 16:41

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