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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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Injured—but special? On associations between skull defects and burial treatment in the Corded Ware Culture of central Germany

Injured—but special? On associations between skull defects and burial treatment in the Corded Ware Culture of central Germany

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(p.151) 9 Injured—but special? On associations between skull defects and burial treatment in the Corded Ware Culture of central Germany
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Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones
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Jörg Wicke

Andreas Neubert

Ronny Bindl

Horst Bruchhaus

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199573066.003.0009

This chapter presents the results of a study of cranial trauma in the Corded Ware Culture (2700–2000 cal BC) of central Germany. The study shows that individuals exhibiting cranial injuries were predominantly males, often older adults. These individuals were often buried with stone objects, especially battle axes, which points to a rather concrete connection between the weapon and the biography of the deceased.

Keywords:   human skeletons, cranial trauma, Corded Ware Culture, burials, battle axes

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