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Title: The human burials from Şinduxa (Iraqi Kurdistan). A bioarchaeological andarchaeothanatological approach
Authors: Canci, Alessandro
Qasim, Hasan Ahmed
Keywords: ArchaeothanatologyBioarchaeologyPalaeopathologyParthianBurials
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Alessandro Canci, Hasan Ahmed Qasim, "The human burials from Şinduxa(Iraqi Kurdistan). A bioarchaeologicaland archaeothanatological approach", in: Costanza Coppini, Francesca Simi (Edited by), "Interactions and New Directions in Near Eastern Archaeology. Volume 3. Proceedings of the 5th “Broadening Horizons” Conference (Udine 5-8 June 2017)", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2020, pp. 293-309
In oriental archaeology the study of human skeletal remains sadly still today receives poor attention causing depletion
to the archaeological and historical interpretations.
Here we present the results of a study based on an integrated approach between archaeothanatology (among
the topics taphonomy of human bone remains, spatial relationships between other elements of the tomb as the
architectural structure or grave goods) and bioarchaeology (sex, age at death, ancestry, stature, palaeopathology)
of the human bone remains coming from the excavations of Şinduxa necropolis nowadays embedded in
the city center of Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan.
Briefly, four tombs were explored: one, placed in plain earth covered with stone slabs belonging to an adult
woman and the other three consisted in stone funerary chambers above the ground were bone remains of 9
adult subjects of both sexes were lying. Interestingly in each of these structures a well preserved simple oval clay
sarcophagus containing one or two skeletons was present. Regarding the tomb’s chronology C14 calibrated
dating indicates a time frame from Neo-Assyrian to the Parthian epoch.
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-88-5511-048-8
eISBN: 978-88-5511-049-5
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:4. Interactions and New Directions in Near Eastern Archaeology. Volume 3

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