Cremations in Archaeology 2024: Analysis of cremation deposits in archaeology and biological anthropology: emphasis on sex estimation practices of cremated remains

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Whether performed upon cremated or unburnt human remains, osteological analysis is a fundamental element for establishing biological profiles in bioarchaeology. Osteological data provides a basis for further research on palaeodemography, palaeopathology, and past sociocultural practices. Despite the consensus on the fundamental nature of these data, we rarely question how it was obtained. While there is widespread confidence among archaeologists and anthropologists in various methods, there is, to our knowledge, no clear, international, standardized protocol for analysing cremation deposits. All these issues are also particularly present in sex estimation of cremated remains. This study aims to identify patterns in analysis of cremation deposits, and sex estimation practices among experts working with cremated human remains from archaeological contexts.
For this study, an online survey containing 50 questions was designed using Lime survey. Participants, all osteoarchaeological specialists in the analysis ofcremated remains, were recruited via emails and mailing lists (e.g. Jiscmail), Facebook groups and at the EAA meeting in Belfast in 2023.
The results of this inquiry confirm the findings of recent literature reviews in that there is very little standardisation in the protocols in terms of analysis, data collection, sex, and age-at-death estimation practices, and reporting on cremated remains. For sexing, most respondents trust the traditional morphological methods over recently published metric and other methodologies. These data flag an important issue and provide useful support for seeking future solutions for the standardisation of protocols for analyses of cremated remains in the archaeological and forensic research communities.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's14-14
Aantal pagina's1
StatusPublished - mei 2024
EvenementCremation in Archaeology (CIA 2024) - City museum of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duur: 7 mei 202410 mei 2024
Congresnummer: 2
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ConferenceCremation in Archaeology (CIA 2024)
Land/RegioSlovenia
StadLjubljana
Periode7/05/2410/05/24
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