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Community differentiation and kinship among Europe's first farmers

Bentley, R. Alexander, Bickle, Penelope, Fibiger, Linda, Nowell, Geoff M., Dale, Christopher W., Hedges, Robert E. M., Hamilton, Julie, Wahl, Joachim, Francken, Michael, Grupe, Gisela, Lennels, Eva, Teschler-Nicola, Maria, Arbogast, Rose-Marie, Hofmann, Daniela and Whittle, Alasdair William Richardson 2012. Community differentiation and kinship among Europe's first farmers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , pp. 9326-9330. 10.1073/pnas.1113710109

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Abstract

Community differentiation is a fundamental topic of the social sciences, and its prehistoric origins in Europe are typically assumed to lie among the complex, densely populated societies that developed millennia after their Neolithic predecessors. Here we present the earliest, statistically significant evidence for such differentiation among the first farmers of Neolithic Europe. By using strontium isotopic data from more than 300 early Neolithic human skeletons, we find significantly less variance in geographic signatures among males than we find among females, and less variance among burials with ground stone adzes than burials without such adzes. From this, in context with other available evidence, we infer differential land use in early Neolithic central Europe within a patrilocal kinship system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2017 07:11
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/42100

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