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La sépulture humaine et le dépôt d’animaux de Varennes-sur-Seine « Le Marais de Villeroy » (Seine-et-Marne)

Abstract : An adolescent was buried at the bottom of a large irregular shaped pit The body that had been lain on one side, legs tucked under, was in the centre of a ring of stones and was covered by a deposit of a dog and four horses of which two were foals and two were young adults. A thick layer of sand and a second deposit of three horses and a dog covered this first deposit. The adolescent skull had been broken and perforated which adds to the distinctiveness of this burial. Most of the horses had been skinned and the tendons had been removed. Also the four legs of one of the horses in the top deposit had been removed. With no datable finds the radiocarbon analysis gives a date corresponding to the middle of the La Tène period. The structure is situated near a rural settlement that has since been excavated by the rescue archaeology project of the Bassée.
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Patrice Méniel. La sépulture humaine et le dépôt d’animaux de Varennes-sur-Seine « Le Marais de Villeroy » (Seine-et-Marne). Olivier Buchsenschutz; Alain Bulard; Thierry Lejars. L’âge du Fer en Île-de-France. Actes du XXVIe colloque de l’Association française pour l’étude de l’âge du Fer (Paris et Saint-Denis, 9-12 mai 2002), Supplément à la Revue archéologique du Centre de la France (26), FERACF, pp.181-191, 2005, 978-2913272118. ⟨halshs-00459206⟩



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