A glimpse of human life from the Neolithic cemetery at Tell el-Kerkh, Northwest Syria

  • Akira Tsuneki Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Keywords: Tell el-Kerkh, Neolithic cemetery, causes of death, division of labour, proprietorship

Abstract

The excavations at Tell el-Kerkh, Northwest Syria, have uncovered the presence of a large Neolithic settlement that had a long cultural sequence. The settlement covers a vast area of at least 16ha and shows signs that it was a complex society. Excavations recently revealed a Neolithic cemetery with the remains of over 240 individuals that is one of the earliest outdoor communal cemeteries in West Asia. The discovery of the cemetery has provided a great deal of information about Neolithic life, and forms the basis of this paper, which discusses causes of death, division of labour, and ownership in Kerkh Neolithic society.

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Published
2011-12-31
How to Cite
Tsuneki, A. (2011). A glimpse of human life from the Neolithic cemetery at Tell el-Kerkh, Northwest Syria. Documenta Praehistorica, 38, 83-98. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.38.7
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