First evidence of human bone pendants from Late Mesolithic Northeast Europe

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Mannermaa , K , Malyutina , A , Zubova , A & Dmitriy , G 2022 , ' First evidence of human bone pendants from Late Mesolithic Northeast Europe ' , Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports , vol. 43 , 103488 , pp. 1-18 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2022.103488

Title: First evidence of human bone pendants from Late Mesolithic Northeast Europe
Author: Mannermaa, Kristiina; Malyutina, Anya; Zubova, Alisa; Dmitriy, Gerasimov
Contributor organization: Department of Cultures
Faculty Common Matters (Faculty of Arts)
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2022-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
ISSN: 2352-409X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2022.103488
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/346646
Abstract: In this paper, we introduce the first evidence of the use of human bone for making pendants in Northeast Europe. Twelve of the 37 studied pendants made of long bone splinters turned out to be human bone. Here, we present the ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry) identifications of artefacts and their traceological analysis, and we discuss their implications for the archaeology of Mesolithic burial practices. Our results indicate that the raw material for some of the items was in a fresh or semi-fresh state before making pendants. They were used before they were placed into the graves, and most likely in the same ways as animal bone pendants. This is the first study that has found the use of human bone as raw material in Russian Karelia and the first time that the ZooMS method has been applied to archaeological materials from this region. Together with previous human bone artefact finds from the European Mesolithic period, the bone pendants from Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov indicate that the tradition of using human bone as raw material may have been widespread.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
Human bone pendants
Late Mesolithic
Microwear
Traceology
Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov
ZooMS
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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