Laboratoire méditerranéen de préhistoire Europe Afrique (LAMPEA) — UMR 7269 — Université d’Aix-Marseille, CNRS, INRAP

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"Salzmünde – rule or exception ?" Interdisciplinary Symposium

[Congrès, colloques, réunions]

18-20 octobre 2012
Halle (Saale)

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New and extensive excavations in Saxony-Anhalt provide a unique insight into the 4th millennium BC. Around 3300 BC at Salzmünde, the eponymous site, a double ditched earthwork comes into being. Numerous burials are to be found inside and outside of the earthwork and within the ditches parts of skeletons are deposited. The multiple grave of four women and five children at the focus of our research project allows – in connection with further, in some cases postmortally modified burials, transfer of remains, and depositions – on the one hand to review middle Neolithic (cultural) interactions and on the other hand to reconsider the matter of the significance of earthworks.

 Do we have at Salzmünde some kind of fortification or a symbol of power ?
 Does the multiple burial represent a family which met with an accident or rather the result of complex death rituals ?
 Why are some burials missing their skulls ?
 Have these been deposited in the enclosing ditches in the course of a multi-phase burial ceremony ?
 Is the Salzmünde earthwork a singular phenomenon ?

Susanne Friederich & Johanna Schüler
Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt
Richard-Wagner-Straße 9
06114 Halle (Saale)
sfriederich at
jschueler at

Please send in your subject proposals with a half page summary by June, 22nd 2012 at the latest.

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(7 septembre 2012)