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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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Skeletal evidence for interpersonal violence

Skeletal evidence for interpersonal violence

beyond mortuary monuments in southern Britain

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Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones

Rick J. Schulting

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the various depositional contexts in which human remains with (and without) evidence for trauma attributable to interpersonal violence have been found. It raises the possibility of regional variation in the prevalence of cranial injuries between southern and northern Britain within the earlier Neolithic (ca. 4000–3200 cal BC), and of contextual variation, between those interred within collective mortuary monuments, and those found in other, non-monumental contexts. The difficulties in both comparisons are considerable, due in part to differential preservation, but also to varying mortuary practices. Preliminary results suggest that comparable numbers of Neolithic individuals from caves also show injuries.

Keywords:   human skeletons, interpersonal violence, regional variation, cranial injuries, Neolithic

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