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Birth and death: Infant burials from Vlasac and Lepenski Vir

Boric, Dusan and Stefanovic, S. 2004. Birth and death: Infant burials from Vlasac and Lepenski Vir. Antiquity 78 (301) , pp. 526-546.

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Why were infants buried beneath house-floors at the Mesolithic and early Neolithic site of Lepenski Vir? Undertaking a new analysis of the neonate remains at Vlasac and Lepenski Vir the authors reject the idea of sacrificial infanticide, and demonstrate a consistency of respect in these burials. They suggest that the deaths were mourned and the dead, like the living, were given protection by the houses they were buried in. The treatment of mothers and children suggests increasing social cohesion from the Mesolithic at Vlasac to the early Neolithic at Lepenski Vir.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mesolithic, Neolithic, Danube Gorges, Lepenski Vir, infant burial
Publisher: Antiquity Publications
ISSN: 0003-598X
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Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 02:39

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