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Secondary Mortuary Practices During the Late Eneolithic in Moravia, Czech Republic: State of Knowledge, History of Research, Terminology and Interpretations

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Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Theoretical and Methodological Considerations in Central European Neolithic Archaeology. BAR IS 2325
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Faculty of Arts

Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords Secondary mortuary practices, secondary burial, Corded Ware Culture, Bell Beaker Culture, Proto-Únětice Culture, formative processes, Moravia, Late Eneolithic
Description This study is focused on secondary mortuary practices of the Corded Ware, Bell Beaker and Proto-Únětice cultures in Moravia, central Europe, during the Late Eneolithic. The main aim is to classify and categorize this phenomenon considering formative archaeological and anthropological processes crucial for further research into burial rites within central European archaeology. On the basis of these categories, and noting the transformations of social significance, symbolic meaning and other social or economic factors in the context of these practices, several models of interpretation are presented and evaluated. This paper emphasizes the use of unbiased terminology when working with grave contexts, and stresses possible burial activities which are often not considered as they have left no material remains.
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