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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BCCrossing the Divide$
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Tom Moore and Xosê-Lois Armada

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199567959.001.0001

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Funerary Expression and Ideology in the Cogotas Culture Settlements in the Northern Meseta of the Iberian Peninsula

Funerary Expression and Ideology in the Cogotas Culture Settlements in the Northern Meseta of the Iberian Peninsula

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(p.558) 26 Funerary Expression and Ideology in the Cogotas Culture Settlements in the Northern Meseta of the Iberian Peninsula
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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC
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Miguel Ángel Arnáiz Alonso

Juan Montero Gutiérrez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199567959.003.0026

This chapter discusses different theories about the presence of pit burials in the domestic archaeological contexts of Cogotas groups from a critical perspective. It provides a general description of the archaeological record of the Cogotas culture, particularly the funerary record, and presents the interpretative approaches that so far have been offered in relation to the funerary ritual. Finally, it suggests new lines of interpretation based essentially on the transformation of segmentary social organization, which is reflected in the archaeological record through ritual practices such as the inhumation of human bodies and immolated animal remains.

Keywords:   pit burials, Cogotas groups, Cogotas culture, archaeological record, segmentary social organization, rituals

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