Deathways at Lepenski Vir: Patterns in Mortuary Practice [Hardback]

Dusan Boric (Author)

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ISBN: 9788680094038 | Published by: Serbian Archaeological Society | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English




Deathways at Lepenski Vir

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Lepenski Vir is one of the best known Mesolithic and Early Neolithic sites in Europe and the world. This book is the first volume of a com­prehensive archaeological and anthropological study of the human skeletal remains from this site. Bringing various strands of mortuary evidence together for the first time the author provides a more com­plete picture of life and death at Lepenski Vir, including comparisons of the many contexts in which human remains have been found as well as details of biological characteristics of the people who created such distinctive material culture at the site. The site of Lepenski Vir is one of the best documented and analyzed contexts for the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition anywhere. A combi­nation of a detailed study of archaeological data, archaeothanato­logical analysis, science-based approaches to the skeletal material, and a social bioarchaeology perspective regarding the integration of different strands of data when providing wider interpretations, make this book an unique contribution to the current literature on the ma­ny-sided consequences of the change from foraging to farming. The volume succeeds admirably both as a record of the important burial data from the site of Lepenski Vir and as a treatise on the investigation of mortuary practice. The author has done an outstanding job of providing both the fundamental data and the conceptual context for using human burial practices to learn about the past. T. Douglas Price, University of Wisconsin, Madison This book is impressive in its marrying of different skills, data and theory. It deals with site that has long held a special place in European prehistory, with a clear head and with an open mind. The result is an excellent example of how archaeology can be mobilized to make well-grounded reconstructions of past life- and death-ways. Ian Hodder, Stanford University

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