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Mortuary programmes and bioarchaeology of the Danube Gorges Mesolithic foragers in the central Balkans
Dusan Boric  1@  , David Reich, Ron Pinhasi  2@  , Emanuela Cristiani  3@  , T. Douglas Price  4@  , Marija Edinborough, Alessia Nava  5, 6@  , Luca Bondioli  6@  , Dragana Antonović  7@  
1 : Columbia University in the City of New York
1161 Amsterdam Avenue, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 -  États-Unis
2 : Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna
3 : DANTE - Diet and Ancient Technology laboratory, Sapienza University or Rome  (Sapienza University)
4 : Department of Anthropolgy
University of Wisconsin-Madison -  États-Unis
5 : Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome
6 : Section of Bioarchaeology, National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography "Luigi Pigorini", Museum of Civilizations, Rome
7 : Institute of Archaeology
Belgrade -  Serbie

The paper reviews mortuary programmes and bioarchaeological aspects of the Mesolithic forager populations in the Danube Gorges of the central Balkans. A large number of skeletal remains in the excess of 500 individuals were found at a dozen of sites located along the Danube in this region on the Romanian and Serbian banks of the river. A large suite of now available aDNA genome-wide data, multi-isotope data, including carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, and strontium, along with data on sex and age profiles, dental calculus, tooth wear and microstructure, paleopathology, and musculoskeletal stress markers allow for fine-tuned reconstructions of human physical plasticity in this key European Mesolithic hotspot.


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