Before Farming

Food for the living, food for the dead

Before Farming (2002), 2002, (3-4), 1–11.

Abstract

In several graves from the two Late Mesolithic cemeteries at Skateholm, southernmost Sweden, remains of food in the form of fish bones were found. Samples of bones appear in the digestive region of the interred but also as gifts to the interred and at different levels in the grave pit deposited during the process of filling in. How do these remains relate to the refuse from the occupation layers of the sites located above or close to the graves? Similarities and differences in food distribution patterns may provide a perspective on cosmology, including everyday life in hunter-gatherer societies, and on the importance of food in mortuary practice.

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