The Late Mesolithic in Southern Europe is dated to the 7th and the first part of the 6th millennia BCE and is marked by profound changes which are mostly evident in the technical know-how and tool-kit of the last hunter-fisher-gatherer societies. The significance of this phase also relates to the fact that it precedes the Early Neolithic, another period of major transformations of human societies. Nonetheless, the Late Mesolithic still remains a poorly known age in this area. A burial discovered at Mondeval de Sora (Northern Italy) in 1987, represents a unique window into this period. In this paper, we provide a detailed analysis of more than 50 lithic and osseous artifacts associated with this burial. We highlight important contextual data regarding the techno-economic dimension and the notion of personal burial possessions. Based on the association and location of some items, we propose a new interpretation of the social status of this individual and the possible impact of technological innovation on the social organization and symbolic sphere of Late Mesolithic groups.

A snapshot of Late Mesolithic life through death: an appraisal of the lithic and osseous grave goods from the Castelnovian burial of Mondeval de Sora (Dolomites, Italy) / Fontana, Federica; Cristiani, Emanuela; Bertola, Stefano; Briois, François; Guerreschi, Antonio; Ziggiotti, Sara. - In: PLOS ONE. - ISSN 1932-6203. - 15:8(2020), pp. 1-28. [10.1371/journal.pone.0237573]

A snapshot of Late Mesolithic life through death: an appraisal of the lithic and osseous grave goods from the Castelnovian burial of Mondeval de Sora (Dolomites, Italy)

Cristiani, Emanuela
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2020

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The Late Mesolithic in Southern Europe is dated to the 7th and the first part of the 6th millennia BCE and is marked by profound changes which are mostly evident in the technical know-how and tool-kit of the last hunter-fisher-gatherer societies. The significance of this phase also relates to the fact that it precedes the Early Neolithic, another period of major transformations of human societies. Nonetheless, the Late Mesolithic still remains a poorly known age in this area. A burial discovered at Mondeval de Sora (Northern Italy) in 1987, represents a unique window into this period. In this paper, we provide a detailed analysis of more than 50 lithic and osseous artifacts associated with this burial. We highlight important contextual data regarding the techno-economic dimension and the notion of personal burial possessions. Based on the association and location of some items, we propose a new interpretation of the social status of this individual and the possible impact of technological innovation on the social organization and symbolic sphere of Late Mesolithic groups.
2020
Late Mesolithic; technical know-how and tool-kit; hunter-fisher-gatherer societies; burial grave goods; osseous tools; flint tools; ornaments; technological innovation; social organisation; social status
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A snapshot of Late Mesolithic life through death: an appraisal of the lithic and osseous grave goods from the Castelnovian burial of Mondeval de Sora (Dolomites, Italy) / Fontana, Federica; Cristiani, Emanuela; Bertola, Stefano; Briois, François; Guerreschi, Antonio; Ziggiotti, Sara. - In: PLOS ONE. - ISSN 1932-6203. - 15:8(2020), pp. 1-28. [10.1371/journal.pone.0237573]
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