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The "Visible" Dead: Mortuary Patterns and Ceremonial Activities in the Dawn of the Bronze Age in Southern Greece

Author(s): Aikaterini Psimogiannou

Year: 2017

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Following anthropological theory regarding the dynamic relationship between the living and the dead, this paper will explore the role of mortuary and ceremonial places as important venues for human activities related to broader social phenomena and cultural changes. By the mid. 3d mil. BCE southern Greece had witnessed the emergence of social stratification evident both in the settlement and mortuary archaeological record. Little is known, however, regarding the preceding period and the processes that led to this inequality. Based on case studies from the end of the Neolithic and the beginning of the Bronze Age (mid. 5th - end of 4th mil. BCE) in southern Greece, this paper provides a preliminary study of mortuary analysis and radiocarbon dating of human burials. The end of the Neolithic period is characterized by a proliferation of burial remains, a variety of ceremonial activities, and the creation of the first extramural, organized cemeteries. Further investigation on this mortuary data set could provide valuable insight on the emerging complexity evident in the later period.

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The "Visible" Dead: Mortuary Patterns and Ceremonial Activities in the Dawn of the Bronze Age in Southern Greece. Aikaterini Psimogiannou. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429087)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 15706

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