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'Gifts for the gods': lake-dwellers' macabre remedies against floods in the Central European Bronze Age

Menotti, Francesco and Jennings, Benjamin and Gollnisch-Moos, Hartmut. (2014) 'Gifts for the gods': lake-dwellers' macabre remedies against floods in the Central European Bronze Age. Antiquity, 88 (340). pp. 456-469.

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Abstract

The lake-dwellings of the Circum-Alpine region have long been a rich source of detailed information about daily life in Bronze Age Europe, but their location made them vulnerable to changes in climate and lake level. At several Late Bronze Age examples, skulls of children were found at the edge of the lake settlement, close to the encircling palisade. Several of the children had suffered violent deaths, through blows to the head from axes or blunt instruments. They do not appear to have been human sacrifices, but the skulls may nonetheless have been offerings to the gods by communities faced with the threat of environmental change.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Wetland Archaeology (Menotti)
UniBasel Contributors:Jennings, Benjamin R and Menotti, Francesco
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Antiquity Publications
ISSN:0003-598X
e-ISSN:1745-1744
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:30 Jan 2018 12:47
Deposited On:12 Sep 2014 08:02

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