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The Multiple Burial In Building 600 At Tall Jawa

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Clusters of commingled and partially articulated bones were recovered from a reused room of Building 600 at Tall Jawa during the 1993 and 1995 seasons. The bodies were located in Corridor 617, a room in the centre of the house, flanked by Walls 6013 and W6015, which supported massive lozenge-shaped ceiling stones. The human remains and burial context in Field D provide an intriguing and interpretively challenging problem for bioarchaeological research. The biological sex of an adult skeleton is traditionally determined by macroscopic observation of the skull (nuchal crest, mastoid process, supraorbital margin, prominence of glabella, and mental eminence) and pelvic morphology (greater sciatic notch, presence of preauricular sulcus, and subpubic region) as summarized by Buikstra and Ubelaker. The dentition is the hardiest survivor of the human skeleton and perhaps the most informative as it provides a barometer of diet, nutrition, hygiene, subsistence strategy, and cultural practices.

Keywords:biological sex; Building 600; burial context; dentition; diet; Field D; human skeleton; Tall Jawa



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