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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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Evidence of traumatic skeletal injuries in the collective burial caves of the Nabão Valley, central Portugal

Evidence of traumatic skeletal injuries in the collective burial caves of the Nabão Valley, central Portugal

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(p.303) 16 Evidence of traumatic skeletal injuries in the collective burial caves of the Nabão Valley, central Portugal
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Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones
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Luiz Oosterbeek

Tiago Tomé

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199573066.003.0016

This chapter presents the findings from three collective burial caves in central Portugal, with material spanning most of the Neolithic period, from ca. 5000 to 3000 cal BC. Sixty individuals are represented, but not all are complete and preservation is often poor. Nevertheless, seven cases of cranial trauma are reported, all showing signs of healing. All are on adults, and, where sex can be determined, all are male. There is no side preference to the location of the injuries.

Keywords:   human skeleton, burial caves, Neolithic, cranial trauma

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