Um novo estudo junta recentes abordagens teóricas - fenomenológicas - aos dados antropologicos existentes para as práticas funerárias Neolíticas e Calcolíticas da Estremadura portuguesa. É dado especial ênfase aos enterramentos infantis.
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WATERMAN, A. J. and THOMAS, J. T. (2011), WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS: CHILDHOOD MORTALITY AND BURIAL PRACTICE IN LATE NEOLITHIC ATLANTIC EUROPE. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 30: 165–183. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0092.2011.00363.x
Towards the end of the fifth millennium BC, a new funerary tradition developed in Iberia and elsewhere in Atlantic Europe involving the use of megalithic tombs and natural or artificially constructed caves for the collective burial of the dead. Ancestor worship has been the most common theoretical framework used to explain this Neolithic burial tradition, despite demographic information which indicates that these burials house the remains of a significant percentage of children and adolescents. Using data from Late Neolithic (3500–2500 BC) tombs in south-western Iberia as a departure point, in this paper we suggest that by reconsidering the impact that childhood mortality had upon burial and grave visitation practices in Neolithic communities, archaeologists can gain valuable phenomenological information which will allow for a more robust, multivocal interpretative approach.