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A Matter of Life and Death at Mienakker (the Netherlands)

Type: Book
Author: J.P. Kleijne, O. Brinkkemper, R.C. G. M. Lauwerier, B. I. Smit, E.M. Theunissen (eds)
Year of Publishing: 2013
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This scientific report is the second monograph to emerge from the Odyssey project‘Unlocking Noord-Holland’s Late Neolithic Treasure Chest: Single Grave Culture behaviouralvariability in a tidal environment’. It focuses on the analysis of the Mienakker site, excavatedin 1990. At that time, a house plan was identified in the field. The discovery of a well-preserved Late Neolithic burial also aroused a lot of excitement at the time.Like the Keinsmerbrug site, the first unlocked site, the excavated area was fairly small, but theanalysis of the Mienakker site revealed very different, intriguing results. The new results andinterpretations are presented in this volume.The analyses show that Mienakker was inhabited year-round, and that a range of very diverseactivities were performed there. It was inhabited and returned to for many years somewherebetween 2880 and 2480 cal BC. During the latest stages of occupation the settlement atMienakker turned into a more ‘ritualised’ place.This scientific report is intended for archaeologists, as well as for other professionals andamateur enthusiasts involved in archaeology.The Cultural Heritage Agency provides knowledge and advice to give the future a past.

A Kaleidoscope of Gathering at Keinsmerbrug (the Netherlands)

Type: Book
Author: B.I. Smit, O. Brinkkemper, J.P. Kleijne, R.C.G.M. Lauwerier & E.M. Theunissen (eds)
Year of Publishing: 2012
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The analysis of the Keinsmerbrug site, excavated in 1986, was the first step in our researchwithin the framework of the Odyssey project ‘Unlocking Noord-Holland’s Late Neolithic Treasure Chest: Single Grave Culture behavioural variability in a tidal environment’. The limited scale of the excavation made Keinsmerbrug an excellent choice, serving as a test case for the approach within the project Single Grave Project. In order to unlock and integrate cultural/ecological information and research data, a group of specialists worked together. Inthis volume the new results and interpretations are presented. The analyses show that Keinsmerbrug was a temporarily occupied settlement, used occasionally or perhaps even onlyseasonally within the time span of 2580-2450 cal BC. The main period of use – probablyconsisting of several episodes of short-term use – occurred from spring to autumn. The siteof Keinsmerbrug is interpreted as a non-residential settlement: a gathering settlement in thebroadest sense of the word, for the gathering of people and resources (special activity site).This scientific report is intended for archaeologists, as well as for other professionals and amateur enthusiasts involved in archaeology.The Cultural Heritage Agency provides knowledge and advice to give the future a past.

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