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Neolithic cave burialsAgency, structure and environment$
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Rick Peterson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526118868

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526118868.001.0001

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The body in the cave

The body in the cave

(p.1) 1 The body in the cave
Neolithic cave burials

Rick Peterson

Manchester University Press

This chapter introduces two important questions for the study. It looks at the possible relationships between Neolithic cave burial and other Neolithic burial practices. It then introduces the important idea that caves and other natural places had agency and were actively incorporated into funerary rites. The chapter also introduces the data set used in the book, 48 cave sites in Britain with Neolithic radiocarbon dates on human remains. The chapter concludes by reviewing problems in interpreting this data and introduces the theoretical themes discussed in the following chapters: temporality; object agency and funerary ritual.

Keywords:   Caves, Neolithic Burial, Agency, Funerary Archaeology

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