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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 Early Neolithic site Asparn/Schletz (Lower Austria)

The Early Neolithic site Asparn/Schletz (Lower Austria)

anthropological evidence of interpersonal violence

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(p.101) 6 The Early Neolithic site Asparn/Schletz (Lower Austria)
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Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones
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Maria Teschler-Nicola

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199573066.003.0006

This chapter provides a summary of the large human bone assemblage discovered at the Early Neolithic (Linear Pottery Culture, or LBK) site of Asparn/Schletz, Lower Austria. The bones were characterized by numerous lethal injuries suggesting that the site suffered a large-scale attack. Most intriguing is the dearth of young adult women in an otherwise catastrophic profile, with subadult and adults in proportions similar to those expected in a living population. This has been interpreted as the taking of young women as captives, a practice well attested in the ethnographic literature of small-scale societies.

Keywords:   human skeletons, bone assemblages, Early Neolithic, interpersonal violence, Linear Pottery Culture, young women, captives

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