The Neolithic Site of Grotta Scaloria, Puglia, Italy 

Professor Christopher Knüsel 

Collaborative research, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, USA, (https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/products.aspx?gn=RZ-50924-08) with Ernestine Elster (University of California- Los Angeles), Drs. John Robb, Tamsin O’Connell (University of Cambridge), Maryanne Tafuri (Università “La Sapienza” di Roma), Eugenia Isetti (Istituto Italiano di Archeologia Sperimentale), and Antonella Traverso (Soprintendenza Archeologica di Genova) at the Middle Neolithic site of Grotta Scolaria, Puglia, Italy, originally excavated by Marija Gimbutas but never published, documents funerary processing that includes defleshing of corpses. Using a zonation method of recording fragmentary archaeological remains first pioneered at the Middle Bronze Age site of Velim Skalka (Bohemia, Czech Republic), the human remains analyses will be published as part of a synthetic volume, Scaloria Cave: Ritual and Landscape in the Mediterranean Neolithic by the Cotsen Institute at UCLA in 2014.