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Earliest directly-dated human skull-cups.

Bello, SM; Parfitt, SA; Stringer, CB; (2011) Earliest directly-dated human skull-cups. PLOS One , 6 (2) , Article e17026. 10.1371/journal.pone.0017026. Green open access

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Abstract

The use of human braincases as drinking cups and containers has extensive historic and ethnographic documentation, but archaeological examples are extremely rare. In the Upper Palaeolithic of western Europe, cut-marked and broken human bones are widespread in the Magdalenian (∼15 to 12,000 years BP) and skull-cup preparation is an element of this tradition.

Type: Article
Title: Earliest directly-dated human skull-cups.
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017026
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0017026
Language: English
Additional information: © 2011 Bello et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. The research is part of the "Ancient Human Occupation of Britain" project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The trustees had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Keywords: Anthropology, Cultural, Bone and Bones, Cooking and Eating Utensils, England, Fossils, Humans, Radiometric Dating, Skull, Time Factors
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1362585
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