Food offerings in graves from the Danubian Neolithic (5500-4900 B.C.) in the upper Rhine valley


en Anthropozoologica 48 (2) - Pages 255-261

Published on 27 December 2013

This article is a part of the thematic issue Animals in Funerary space

Ranging from the valves of exotic marine shells (Spondylus) to anthropomorphic figurines fashioned on metapodials, and from carnivore tooth beads to the deposition of partial carcasses, the representation of fauna in the graves of the early Neolithic in northern France and in the upper Rhine valley takes very diverse forms. This contribution focuses on those remains which can be associated with the practice of food deposits in order to better define the modalities of this type of such finds (choice of species and body parts, preparation, arrangement and position in the grave), understand their meaning and outline their characteristics in relation to other categories of animal bone items (ornaments, tools…) which form part of the grave assemblage.


Animal offering, grave, Neolithic, upper Rhine valley

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