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Mummification in Bronze Age Britain

Booth, TJ; Chamberlain, AT; Pearson, MP; (2015) Mummification in Bronze Age Britain. Antiquity , 89 (347) pp. 1155-1173. 10.15184/aqy.2015.111. Green open access

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Abstract

Intentional mummification is a practice usually associated with early Egyptian or Peruvian societies, but new evidence suggests that it may also have been widespread in prehistoric Britain, and possibly in Europe more generally. Following the discovery of mummified Bronze Age skeletons at the site of Cladh Hallan in the Western Isles of Scotland, a method of analysis has been developed that can consistently identify previously mummified skeletons. The results demonstrate that Bronze Age populations throughout Britain practised mummification on a proportion of their dead, although the criteria for selection are not yet certain.

Type: Article
Title: Mummification in Bronze Age Britain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.111
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.111
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2015
Keywords: Britain, Cladh Hallan, Bronze Age, mummification, bone histology, treatment of the dead
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473823
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