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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BCCrossing the Divide$
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Tom Moore and Xosê-Lois Armada

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199567959.001.0001

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The Ritual Representation of the Body during the Late Iron Age in Northern France

The Ritual Representation of the Body during the Late Iron Age in Northern France

(p.608) 29 The Ritual Representation of the Body during the Late Iron Age in Northern France
Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC

Valérie Delattre

Oxford University Press

The numerous archaeological excavations recently carried out around Paris (Ilede-France) have made this part of France a privileged area for new studies of the Iron Age. In particular, it offers great potential for fresh interpretation of La Tène funerary practices as well as the role of human deposits in storage pits and the manipulation of human remains. This chapter uses the data from this region to explore the meanings of such evidence within Iron Age societies. Human deposits, often referred to as ‘relegation burials’, underlining the apparent second-rate nature of the tomb, are inferred as representing the alienation of certain individuals in death. However, the excluded dead play an important role understanding religious worship during this period, first via the post-mortem treatment of body itself and ultimately via the manipulated skeletal remains during the decomposition process.

Keywords:   archaeological research, Paris, Iron Age society, funerary practices, human deposits, religious worship

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