2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Neanderthal Burials in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic
Rachel Kreher
Dr. Amber Johnson and Dr. Anton Daughters, Faculty Mentors

Since the first Neanderthal remains were found in 1829, anthropologists have argued about the similarities between the species and modern Homo sapiens. Some of the ongoing debates center around the Neanderthals capacity for symbolic behavior. One way to explore this aspect is to examine graves, searching for indications of intentionality in burial practices. This paper reviews the debate and controversies connected to interpreting evidence, such as determining criteria for intentionality. Examples include body position and grave goods. It also assesses claims of Neanderthal cannibalism in relation to symbolic significance.

Keywords: Neanderthals, burials, grave goods, symbolic behavior

Topic(s):Anthropology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 104-3
Location: MG 2090
Time: 8:30

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