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From materiality to space: monumental enclosures, exploited mineral resources and territoriality during the Michelsberg Culture (Neolithic, 4200-3700 BC, France and Germany)

Author(s): Laurence Manolakakis ; Jérôme Dubouloz ; Olivier Weller

Year: 2015

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Summary

The Michelsberg Culture saw the onset of major enonomic, social, technological and cultural transformations in agricultural societies around 4200 BC Cal. The most striking feature is without doubt the appearance in the landscape of large sites enclosed by complex systems of ditches and palissades. On the other hand, different modes of production and the exploitation of flint and salt show not only networks of raw material procurement but also a new organisation of territories and the role of specialized sites. The models produced and described at different scales show complex and structured networks, covering an extended area and suggesting that settlements are inter-dependant on one to the other at the regional and supra-regional scales.

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From materiality to space: monumental enclosures, exploited mineral resources and territoriality during the Michelsberg Culture (Neolithic, 4200-3700 BC, France and Germany). Olivier Weller, Jérôme Dubouloz, Laurence Manolakakis. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397496)


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Europe


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

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America