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Taboo? The process of Neolitisation in the Dutch wetlands 91 re-examined (5000–3400 cal BC)

Raemaekers, D. C. M., 28-Mar-2019, Contacts, Boundaries & Innovation: Exploring developed Neolithic societies in central Europe and beyond. Gleser, R. & Hofmann, D. (eds.). Leiden: Sidestone press, p. 91-102 12 p.

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This paper investigates the relevance of the notion of taboo from a diachronic
perspective and focuses on the Neolithisation in the western part of the North
European Plain. While taboo is a very strong cultural notion, the transition to
farming by definition means a subsistence change. The notion of taboo was
expanded to include three theoretical behavioural options. These are deliberate
avoidance (taboo), deliberate incorporation and non-ritual adoption. In my
opinion the diachronic taboo model presented here helps us to step away from the more mechanical availability model and focus on the social processes underlying the process of Neolithisation. It makes clear that the small-scale introduction of domestic animals from around 4700–4450 cal BC did not have any social relevance — at least not visible to the archaeologist. The introduction of cereals in the period 4300–4000 cal BC seems to have been of greater social relevance, resulting in new pottery types. Around 4000 cal BC the perception of domestic cattle may have changed profoundly, judging from the deposition of cattle horns. The outcome of this process around 4000 cal BC is then a society in which both cereals and domestic cattle have taken centre stage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContacts, Boundaries & Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationExploring developed Neolithic societies in central Europe and beyond
EditorsRalf Gleser, Daniela Hofmann
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherSidestone press
Pages91-102
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789088 907142
Publication statusPublished - 28-Mar-2019

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