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Death and Dying in the Neolithic Near East

Karina Croucher


The Neolithic of the Near East is a period of human development which saw fundamental changes in the nature of human society. It is traditionally studied for its development of domestication, agriculture, and growing social complexity. This book takes a new approach, focusing on the human body and investigating mortuary practices — the treatment and burial of the dead — to discover what these can reveal about the people of the Neolithic Near East. The remarkable evidence relating to mortuary practices and ritual behaviour from the Near Eastern Neolithic provides some of the most breath-taking ... More

Keywords: human society, Neolithic, Near East, domestication, agriculture, mortuary practices, burial, dead, material culture, archaeological evidence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199693955
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693955.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karina Croucher, author
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Manchester