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Mortuary practices, bodies, and persons in the Neolithic and Early- Middle Copper Age of South-East Europe

Boric, Dusan ORCID: 2015. Mortuary practices, bodies, and persons in the Neolithic and Early- Middle Copper Age of South-East Europe. Fowler, C., Harding, I. and Hofmann, D., eds. The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe, Oxford Handbooks, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 927-958.

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Neolithic (c. 6300 – 4500 cal. BC) and Early-Middle Copper Age (c. 4500 – 3500 cal. BC) periods in southeast Europe offer one of the largest mortuary samples in European prehistory. This large corpus of data, comprising examples of burials found both within settlements and in some of the earliest clearly defined extramural cemeteries, has remained undeservedly understudied. Admittedly, much of the available published information remain scattered in various regional publications. This paper, on the one hand, gathers these disparate fragments of information for diverse and often widely separated regions of southeast Europe in establishing specific regional patterns, and on the other hand, it aims at framing common themes in the development of corporeal and mortuary symbolism over this vast region as a whole and through considerable diachronic depths that these periods cover. Aspects of corporeal practices and politics are further linked to both questions of personhood construction and traditional concerns of anthropological archaeology regarding social aspects of mortuary rites.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199545841
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:17

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