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Steffy Morelle and Caroline Polet (yyyy)

Étude ostéologique de deux crémations provenant du site de Postel (Province d’Anvers, âge du Bronze)


Two cremations dating from the Bronze Age were discovered in the 1950s in a burial mound in Postel in the province of Antwerp. The colour of the skeletal remains indicates a homogeneous cremation with a temperature of at least 800°C. The most ancient individual (dated to phase I of the construction of the burial mound) is the most complete: about ¾ of its remains, which belong to all anatomical categories, were transferred from the pyre to the grave. The osteological study reveals that it was probably an adult male who was at least 25 years of age. The second subject is more recent (dated to Phase III) and is thought to have been an individual of undetermined sex, under 20 years old. The smaller quantity of remains and the absence of some anatomical categories, including fragile and small bones, that this was a deliberate sorting made by the cremation officiant. This type of selection has already been seen in other Belgian sites dating from the Bronze Age and later.
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cremation burials, Bronze Age, Belgium
  • DOI: 10.57937/ap.2023.012
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Dr. Kevin Salesse
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
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