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1st CRUMBEL paper

Giacomo and all the team are very happy to announce that the first CRUMBEL paper is finally out!


"Cremation vs. inhumation: modeling cultural changes in funerary practices from the Mesolithic to the Middle Ages in Belgium using Kernel Density Analysis on 14C data" has been published in Radiocarbon under open access licence, meaning that you can freely read and download the article at this link http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/RDC.2020.88


This paper aims to quantify changes in cremation and inhumation funerary practices using time by modeling through kernel density analysis 1428 radiocarbon dates from 311 archaeological sites located in Belgium from the Mesolithic to the Middle Ages. Despite possible taphonomic and sampling biases, the results highlight the existence of periods with a large uptake of cremation rite followed by periods of contractions; such discontinuities took place in correlation with changes in the socio-economical structure of local communities, as, for example, during the later Middle Bronze Age and at the end of the Roman Period.





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