Is The Head of Corpse Oriented to West or East? 
Posted: 20 February 2018 10:03 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hello, folks.

Below is a brief description written by an archaeologist who found a grave:

A single individual (most probably a female between 45 and 50 years old) was buried inside, west-east oriented, in joint connection preserved and in fairly good state of preservation.

I would love to know where the head of the corpse is directed?

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https://www.google.co.uk/search?source=hp&ei=6AmNWoXCGcfbUeGEkMAH&q="most+probably+a+female+between+45+and+50+years+old"&oq="most+probably+a+female+between+45+and+50+years+old"&gs_l=psy-ab.3...1233.2113.0.2351.3.3.0.0.0.0.187.433.0j3.3.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.0.0....0.oHlvq5HQTig

Thanks in advance.

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Posted: 20 February 2018 10:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Doesn’t it depend on whether a be-heading preceded the death?

Of course, this is a hyphen-thetical question!

[ Edited: 20 February 2018 11:23 PM by Skibberoo ]
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Posted: 21 February 2018 04:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Anglophile - 20 February 2018 10:03 PM

Hello, folks.

Below is a brief description written by an archaeologist who found a grave:

A single individual (most probably a female between 45 and 50 years old) was buried inside, west-east oriented, in joint connection preserved and in fairly good state of preservation.

I would love to know where the head of the corpse is directed?

Source:
https://www.google.co.uk/search?source=hp&ei=6AmNWoXCGcfbUeGEkMAH&q="most+probably+a+female+between+45+and+50+years+old"&oq="most+probably+a+female+between+45+and+50+years+old"&gs_l=psy-ab.3...1233.2113.0.2351.3.3.0.0.0.0.187.433.0j3.3.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.0.0....0.oHlvq5HQTig

Thanks in advance.

They probably have a standard for such descriptions.  The standard in regular English would be to say east-west so it would probably be understood by another archaeologist.

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Posted: 21 February 2018 05:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yes, this is archaeological jargon, not a question about standard English. My understanding, which could be wrong, is that in a west-east grave the head is to the west and the feet to the east.

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Posted: 21 February 2018 08:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks all for the inputs.

Yes,Dave, you got it.
The head is oriented westwards

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