Roots of diversity in a Linearbandkeramik community: Isotope evidence at Aiterhofen (Bavaria Germany)

Penny Bickle*, Daniela Hofmann, R. Alexander Bentley, Robert Hedges, Julie Hamilton, Fernando Laiginhas, Geoff Nowell, D. Graham Pearson, Gisela Grupe, Alasdair Whittle

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The early Neolithic in northern Central Europe ought to be the theatre in which incoming farmersmeet local hunter-gatherers, with greater or lesser impact By way of contrast, the authors use isotope analysis in a cemetery beside the Danube to describe a peaceful, well-integrated community with a common diet and largely indigenous inhabitants Men and women may have had different mobility strategies, but the isotopes did not signal special origins or diverse foodproducing roles.Other explanations attend the variations in the burial rites of individuals and their distribution into cemetery plots.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1243-1258
Number of pages16
JournalAntiquity
Volume85
Issue number330
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Diversity
  • First farmers
  • Germany
  • Isotope analysis
  • LBK
  • Neolithic

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