Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO
Life and Death Among Early Modern Humans
Professor of Anthropology
Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor in Arts & Sciences
Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.
Between 30,000 to 20,000 years ago across Eurasia, a series of elaborate burials were conducted of infants to old adults and of both men and women. These burials are characterized by the ubiquitous presence of red ochre pigment on all or part of the bodies, but they also include variable numbers of beads and other jewelry and occasionally art objects. An exceptional number of the deceased had serious developmental or degenerative abnormalities. The most spectacular of the burials were those from Sunghir in northern Russia. The individuals buried at Sunghir also had a number of unusual conditions. The remarkable combinations of abnormalities and elaborate burials—especially at Sunghir—raise questions about the health and culture of the hunter-gatherers of Eurasia during the last glacial phase.
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