Investigating cranial trauma in the German Wartberg Culture

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter presents the results of a study of the cranial remains of 186 individuals belonging to the Late Neolithic Wartberg Culture of central Germany. The remains came from three collective burials in North Rhine-Westphalia and Hessen, excavated between 1934 and 1993. A total of thirteen individuals (7%) presented with evidence for healed trauma whereas unhealed cranial injuries were noted on eight individuals (4.3%). Interpersonal violence appears to have been endemic and to have affected all sections of society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSticks, stones and broken bones
Subtitle of host publicationNeolithic violence in a European perspective
EditorsRick J. Schulting, Linda Fibiger
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199573066
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • human skeleton
  • Late Neolithic
  • Wartberg Culture
  • cranial trauma
  • interpersonal violence


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