Networks through Time: Filling in the Gaps

Author(s): Kevin Wiley

Year: 2015


The Middle Neolithic circular ditched enclosure of Goseck in Central Germany was built and used during the Stichbandkeramik period. Subsequently, during the Gatersleben period, another ditched feature was constructed, which intersected the earlier enclosure. However, between these two periods, in the intervening century, during the Rössen period, the site was not in use. This temporal gap has been glossed over in narratives of the site that stress continuity. This paper will examine the possibility that Goseck functioned as an intentional non-site, a forbidden place, during the Rössen period. Looking at sites in the region not as dots on a map but as networks of connected places, patterns of movement can be discerned. These patterns change diachronically and may indicate that during the Rössen period this place was intentionally avoided.

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Networks through Time: Filling in the Gaps. Kevin Wiley. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397031)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;