Ceci n'est pas une hache

Neolithic Depositions in the Northern Netherlands

Karsten Wentink | 2006

Ceci n'est pas une hache

Neolithic Depositions in the Northern Netherlands

Karsten Wentink | 2006

ISBN: 9789088900013

Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 210x280mm | 134 pp. | Mphil thesis, Leiden University | Language: English | 25 illus. (bw) | 5 illus. (fc) | Keywords: archaeology, prehistory, neolithic, depositions, ritual, sacrifice, flint axes, usewear analysis | download cover

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As early as the 19th century discoveries of groups of large axes puzzled those confronted with them. The fact that most were found in waterlogged places in particular formed the basis of speculation as to the nature of these objects. In this Research Master thesis, the character and significance of TRB flint axe depositions are explored. The first part of this thesis is mainly concerned with the question how selective deposition was structured. By means of metrical, spatial and functional analysis, patterns are explored that can shed light on the actions performed by people in the past.

The second part of this thesis deals with the meaning and significance of TRB flint axe depositions. Why did people in the past do the things they did, how were these actions meaningful and important? Using sociological theory and ethnographic evidence an interpretation is presented based on the empirically observed patterns.

Karsten Wentink Mphil

Karsten Wentink studied Prehistoric and Science-based Archaeology at Leiden University and finished by rMA on the deposition of Neolithic flint axes in 2006 which was awarded the WA van Es-prize later that year (biannual award for best Dutch MA thesis).

Currently Karsten is doing a PhD at Leiden University about the biography of grave goods from Dutch late Neolithic barrows and the identity of the dead.

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Abstract:

As early as the 19th century discoveries of groups of large axes puzzled those confronted with them. The fact that most were found in waterlogged places in particular formed the basis of speculation as to the nature of these objects. In this Research Master thesis, the character and significance of TRB flint axe depositions are explored. The first part of this thesis is mainly concerned with the question how selective deposition was structured. By means of metrical, spatial and functional analysis, patterns are explored that can shed light on the actions performed by people in the past.

The second part of this thesis deals with the meaning and significance of TRB flint axe depositions. Why did people in the past do the things they did, how were these actions meaningful and important? Using sociological theory and ethnographic evidence an interpretation is presented based on the empirically observed patterns.

Karsten Wentink Mphil

Karsten Wentink studied Prehistoric and Science-based Archaeology at Leiden University and finished by rMA on the deposition of Neolithic flint axes in 2006 which was awarded the WA van Es-prize later that year (biannual award for best Dutch MA thesis).

Currently Karsten is doing a PhD at Leiden University about the biography of grave goods from Dutch late Neolithic barrows and the identity of the dead.

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