• Palaeoproteomics & Bioarchaeology, Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  • Archaeometry, Bioarchaeology, Dating, Raw materials, Zooarchaeology
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2020- Associate Professor in Archaeology (Palaeoproteomics) 2010 PhD in Archaeology (Archaeological Science) 2006 MSc in Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage

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A way to break bones? The weight of intuitiveness
Delphine Vettese, Trajanka Stavrova, Antony Borel, Juan Marin, Marie-Hélène Moncel, Marta Arzarello, Camille Daujeard

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Breaking bones: Nature or Culture?

The nature of breaking long bones for obtaining marrow is important in Paleolithic archaeology, due to its widespread, almost universal, character. Provided that hammer-stone percussion marks can be correctly identified using experimental datasets (e.g., [1]), the anatomical location and count of the marks may be taken to reflect recurrent “cultural” traditions in the Paleolithic [2]. Were MP humans breaking bones intuitively or did they abide by a strict “protocol”, and, if the latter,...


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