Jan, I'm busy with other things, but any good book on the Neolithic
should provide details about mortuary arrangements or a google search
for: "cairn disarticulated bones" will provide lots of examples.
However, the examples that spring to mind are the Tomb of the Eagles and
Unstan both on O
I've also posted this to Britarch, because it's not really my period and
whilst there are examples of disarticulated bones, I can't remember how
general the practice was and when.
On 06/10/2015 11:39, Jan Vandenheede wrote:
> Can you please send me references to documents with all details of these
> sites? I will have a look if I find some time.
> Best regards,
> Jan Vandenheede
> On Sun, Sep 27, 2015, at 11:17 AM, Michael wrote:
>> On 25/09/2015 12:07, Jan Vandenheede wrote:
>>> A question that I have since a long time: To what extent does one know if certain people found in dolmens and long barrows have not been burried alive because a group of enemies succeeded to block the entrance(s) during a sufficiently long time?
>>> This is of course a cruel way of doing warfare. For the enemy, who may have been extremely cruel, it had the advantage:
>>> - that, in case of a long house, he did not have to get the necessary materials to the place to burn the long house
>>> - that the place was not destroyed but the people inside were dead and they did not have to feed or take care of them
>>> - that they could steal things from the place afterwards; I have read that at certain places even large stones seem to have been removed from their sockets.
>>> Best regards,
>>> Jan Vandenheede
>> Jan, a good question, because some Dolmens would provide very good
>> protection - much akin to an air raid shelter or a bank vault.
>> And, I've often thought it would be very easy for one or two armed
>> people to defend dozens of others
>> However, as many sites have bones that have been sorted, the bones were
>> clearly deposited rather than people dying in situ.