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Sticks, Stones, and Broken BonesNeolithic Violence in a European Perspective$
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Rick J. Schulting and Linda Fibiger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199573066.001.0001

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Interpersonal violence in the Late Mesolithic and Middle Neolithic in the Netherlands

Interpersonal violence in the Late Mesolithic and Middle Neolithic in the Netherlands

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(p.191) 11 Interpersonal violence in the Late Mesolithic and Middle Neolithic in the Netherlands
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Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones
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Elisabeth Smits

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199573066.003.0011

This chapter presents the results of a study of skeletal remains from three Late Mesolithic and Middle Neolithic sites in the Netherlands. The remains revealed evidence for interpersonal violence. Injuries were inflicted either ante-mortem or peri-mortem and affected two male individuals from burials and one adult represented by an isolated bone. The manner of burial differed from the normal burial ritual. Isotope analyses show that these individuals were local, although non-locals were also represented in the osteological record. Explanations for the violent actions involved may be related to individual conflict or organized fights between groups.

Keywords:   human skeleton, skeletal remains, interpersonal violence, Late Mesolithic, Middle Neolothic

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