Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Burial

1. in modern practice, the intentional interment of a human body.

2. controversial term applied in some cases when a nearly complete, articulated skeleton is excavated at an archaeological site; some have suggested that the term nearly complete skeleton be applied, in order to avoid confusion with modern practice; common skeletal positions include contracted, flexed, semi-flexed, and extended burial position(s).

See grave.

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