A unique funerary and ritual complex at the border zone of the Northern and Eastern European Plains as a record of cultural and social changes at the turn of the Neolithic and Bronze Age

Authors

  • Dariusz Manasterski Department of Stone Age Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, University of Warsaw
  • Katarzyna Januszek Department of Stone Age Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, University of Warsaw
  • Aleksandra Cetwińska Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre, University of Warsaw
  • Katarzyna Kwiatkowska Polish Academy of Sciences, Museum of the Earth in Warsaw

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.50.6

Keywords:

Lanskie Lake, Neolithic, Bronze Age, funeral rituals, grave goods, social status, stratified society, Łańskie Lake

Abstract

In the 3rd millennium BC, the area of the Masurian Lake District, located at the border zone of the North and Eastern European Plains, was still dominated by hunter-gatherers. It was then that the Late Neolithic farming and pastoralist communities reached the region, where cultural and social changes were initiated. Tracing these changes is possible through an analysis of the unique funerary and ritual complex on the island of Lake Lanskie. Burials of representatives of the elites of rankingcommunities from the Late Neolithic were found there, as well as the discontinuation of such burials in the Early Bronze Age, which has already been associated with egalitarian communities.

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Published

09.06.2023

How to Cite

Manasterski, D., Januszek, K., Cetwińska, A., & Kwiatkowska, K. (2023). A unique funerary and ritual complex at the border zone of the Northern and Eastern European Plains as a record of cultural and social changes at the turn of the Neolithic and Bronze Age. Documenta Praehistorica, 50, 2–27. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.50.6

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