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Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones: Neolithic Violence in a European Perspective

Rick J. Schulting and Linda Fibiger


This book presents an up-to-date overview of the evidence for violent injuries on human skeletons of the Neolithic period in Europe, ranging from 6700 to 2000 BC. Unlike other lines of evidence — weapons, fortifications, and imagery — the human skeleton preserves the actual marks of past violent encounters. The chapters present evidence from eleven European countries which provide, for the first time, the basis for a comparative approach between different regions and periods. Difficulties and ambiguities in interpreting the evidence are also discussed, although many of the cases are clearly th ... More

Keywords: violent injury, violent encounter, human skeleton, Neolithic period, Europe, conflict, injury, cause of death, violence

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199573066
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199573066.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rick J. Schulting, editor
Lecturer in Scientific and Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Oxford

Linda Fibiger, editor
University of Edinburgh

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