The Brześć Kujawski culture. The north-easternmost Early Chalcolithic communities in Europe

Lech Czerniak , Joanna Pyzel

Abstract

This contribution briefly summarises the state of knowledge regarding the emergence of the Brześć Kujawski culture and discusses the importance of memory practices in its self-definition. Longhouses and their various modes of succession emerge as one of the key variables by which cultural memory is expressed, the second strand being the increasingly gendered inhumation burials on settlement sites. Differences in house and burial density are related to hierarchical relations between sites, with some emerging as ritual centres. We also briefly address how the Brześć Kujawski culture relates to both contemporary hunter-gatherer groups, with whom there appears to have been admixture, and to the perhaps partly overlapping Funnel Beaker culture, with which relations appear more confrontational. Finally, we place these debates in the context of the emergence of a “Chalcolithic” kind of society.
Author Lech Czerniak (FH / IAiE)
Lech Czerniak,,
- Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii
, Joanna Pyzel (FH / IAiE)
Joanna Pyzel,,
- Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii
Pages59-90
Publication size in sheets2.5
Book Gleser Ralf, Hofmann Daniela (eds.): Contacts, boundaries & innovation in the fifth millennium: exploring developed Neolithic societies in central Europe and beyond, 2019, Sidestone Press, ISBN 978-90-8890-714-2, [978-90-8890-715-9, 978-90-8890-716-6], 334 p.
Keywords in EnglishChalcolithic, 5th millennium, Brześć Kujawski culture, Polish Lowlands
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)5
ScoreMinisterial score = 5.0, 07-08-2019, MonographChapterAuthor
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