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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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The Neolithic massacre at Talheim

The Neolithic massacre at Talheim

a pivotal find in conflict archaeology

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Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones

Joachim Wahl

Iris Trautmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter revisits the paradigm-shifting Early Neolithic mass grave at Talheim, southwest Germany, dating from ca. 5000 cal BC. The discussion focuses on the sequence of events which led to the massacre of a whole community as well as morphological and isotopic evidence that has helped researchers to decipher kinship structures within this group of thirty-four men, women, and children. The nature of the burial and the demographic profile of the Talheim mass grave suggests that aggressors came not simply to plunder and pillage but to replace the local community and take over their resources.

Keywords:   Early Neolithic, mass graves, massacre, kinship, interpersonal violence, skeletal remains, human skeleton

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