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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Violent deaths in the development of the farming economy: the case of Bury
Author(s): Salanova, Laure
Chambon, Philippe
Bayliss, Alexandra
Healy, Frances
Whittle, Alasdair
Keywords: ritual
collective grave
Northern France
4th millennium BC
Bayesian statistics
Issue Date: 4-Jul-2018
Date Deposited: 7-Jan-2019
Citation: Salanova L, Chambon P, Bayliss A, Healy F & Whittle A (2018) Violent deaths in the development of the farming economy: the case of Bury. Journal of Neolithic Archaeology, 20, pp. 1-11.
Abstract: Many recent publications have tended to emphasise warfare adn vilent deaths during the emergence of the farming economy, linking the expansion of early farmers with inter-group conflicts. Cases of violent deaths have also been identified in other periods of the development of Neolithic communities. The collective grave of Bury in the Paris Basin provides one particular deposit, dated from the late 4th millennium cal BC and composed of a group of individuals, arranged in a specific position in the northeast corner of the monument. The central individual of the deposit, an adult man, showed clear signs of violence. The archaeological context and the formal chronological modelling, undertaken by using a large series of radiocarbon dates, enable more precise estimates of the timing and duration of the depositional events, which took place within the burial chamber. The results demonstrate the ritual role of such violent deaths, which are particularly frequent in periods of change.
DOI Link: 10.12766/jna.2018.1
Rights: Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
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