The Neolithic Necropolis of La Feixa del Moro (Juberri, Andorra). New data on the first farming communities in the Pyrenees.

Gerard Remolins, Juan Francisco Gibaja, Florence Allièse, Maria Fontanals-Coll, Patricia Martin, Alba Masclans, Niccolo Mazzucco, Millán Mozota, Monica Oliva, Xavier Oms, Francisco Javier Santos, Xavier Terradas, Eulàlia Subirà, Xavier Llovera

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Abstract

The excavations carried out from 1983 to 1985 on an Andorran hillside by the former
Andorra NationalArtistic HeritageArchaeological Research Service revealed one of the most important Neolithic sites in the Pyrenees. Directed by Xavier Llovera and Pere Canturri, the excavations uncovered a settlement with two interesting features: 1) it was located in a high mountain area, and 2) the same place possessed numerous domestic and funerary structures. Both factors have made La Feixa del Moro a key site in the prehistory of both the Pyrenees and the western Mediterranean in general. Three decades later, a pluridisciplinary team has begun a careful review of the documentation, studied the human remains and artefacts in the graves, carried out several forms of biochemical analysis and obtained new radiocarbon determinations for the individuals exhumed in two of the three burials in stone boxes (or cists). The objective is a better understanding of the first farming communities that settled in the Pyrenees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-554
Number of pages17
JournalComptes Rendus - Palevol
Early online date31 Mar 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Pyrenees
  • High Mountains
  • Andorra
  • Neolithic
  • Sepulcros de Fosa
  • 14C
  • Palaeodiet

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