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The Persistent Presence of the Dead: The Significance of Place and Time revealed by the recent excavations at the hunter-gatherer cemetery at Zvejnieki (Latvia)
Emory University, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0575-7075
Lund University.
Latvian Academy of Art, Latvia.
2013 (English)In: Antiquity, ISSN 0003-598X, E-ISSN 1745-1744, Vol. 87, no 338, p. 1016-1029Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The well-known Mesolithic cemeteries of Northern Europe have long been viewed as evidence of developing social complexity in those regions in the centuries immediately before the Neolithic transition. These sites also had important symbolic connotations. This study uses new and more detailed analysis of the burial practices in one of these cemeteries to argue that much more is involved than social differentiation. Repeated burial in the densely packed site of Zvejnieki entailed large-scale disturbance of earlier graves, and would have involved recurrent encounters with the remains of the ancestral dead. The intentional use of older settlement material in the grave fills may also have signified a symbolic link with the past. The specific identity of the dead is highlighted by the evidence for clay face masks and tight body wrappings in some cases.

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2013. Vol. 87, no 338, p. 1016-1029
Keywords [en]
burial practices, Zvejneiki, Latvia, Mesolithic, hunter-gatherers, memory
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Archaeology
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Humanities, Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77835DOI: 10.1017/S0003598X00049838OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-77835DiVA, id: diva2:1249217
Available from: 2018-09-18 Created: 2018-09-18 Last updated: 2018-10-29Bibliographically approved

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