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Birth and death: infant burials from Vlasac and Lepenski Vir

Dusan Boric; Sofija Stefanović;
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  • Published: 07 Feb 2017 Journal: Antiquity, volume 78, pages 526-546 (issn: 0003-598X, eissn: 1745-1744, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
  • Country: United Kingdom
<jats:p>Why were infants buried beneath house-floors at the Mesolithic and early Neolithic site of Lepenski Vir? Undertaking a new analysis of the neonate remains at Vlasac and Lepenski Vir the authors reject the idea of sacrificial infanticide, and demonstrate a consistency of respect in these burials. They suggest that the deaths were mourned and the dead, like the living, were given protection by the houses they were buried in. The treatment of mothers and children suggests increasing social cohesion from the Mesolithic at Vlasac to the early Neolithic at Lepenski Vir.</jats:p>
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