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A matter of life and death: the Middle Neolithic population from Bom Santo Cave (Lisbon, Portugal)

Fernandez Dominguez, E and Faustino Carvalho, A and Alves Cardoso, F and Gonçalves, D and Granja, R and Cardoso, JL and Dean, R and Gibaja, JF and Masucci, M and Arroyo-Pardo, E and Fernández, E and Petchey, F and Price, TD and Mateus, J and Queiroz, PF and Callapez, P and Pimenta, C and Regala, FT A matter of life and death: the Middle Neolithic population from Bom Santo Cave (Lisbon, Portugal). European Journal of Archaeology. ISSN 1741-2722 (Submitted)

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Abstract

The study of the Bom Santo Cave (central Portugal), a Neolithic cemetery, indicated a complex social, palaeoeconomic and population scenario. With isotope, aDNA and provenience analyses of raw materials coupled with stylistic variability of material culture items and
palaeogeographical data light is shed on the territory and social organization of a population dated to 3800–3400 cal BC, i.e. the middle phase of the period. Results indicate an itinerant farming, segmentary society, where exogamic practices were the norm and patrilocality probably predominated. Its lifeway may be that of the earliest megalithic builders of the region, but further research is needed to correctly evaluate the degree of participation in such phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2101 Archaeology
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2015 12:41
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2015 12:41
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/710

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