Borić, Dušan and Griffiths, Seren (2015) The Living and The Dead, Memory and Transition: Bayesian Modelling of Mesolithic and Neolithic Deposits from Vlasac, the Danube Gorges. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 34 (4). pp. 343-364. ISSN 02625253
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ojoa.12063
The paper applies Bayesian statistical modelling to radiocarbon dates obtained for a stratigraphic sequence comprising occupation features and superimposed burials from the Late Mesolithic (c.7400–6200 cal BC) to the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition (c.6200–5900 cal BC), from Vlasac in the Danube Gorges region of the north-central Balkans. This sequence, investigated in the course of excavations at the site in 2006–9, yielded stratigraphic evidence of the transformation of local forager populations as a result of contact with Neolithic communities. Our paper provides a reliable chronological framework for changes from Late Mesolithic burial rites to new, Neolithic types of ornamental beads at the top of the sequence. The use of the same burial location and continuities in burial rites over a considerable period of time raise signiﬁcant questions about the role of tradition and the potential for enduring practices in prehistoric societies.
|Subjects:||Historical & philosophical studies > Ancient history|
|Schools:||Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Forensic and Applied Sciences|
|Deposited By:||Helen Cooper|
|Deposited On:||19 Feb 2016 15:46|
|Last Modified:||02 Apr 2017 06:03|
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