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Date(s) - 13/11/2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Room 443, Michie Building (#9)

Skulls, Houses, and Decorated Stones: An Investigation of Households, Ritual and Symbolism in Neolithic Central Anatolia

Presented by Professor Douglas Baird

Over the past 20 years scholars have suggested that the Neolithic of SW Asia witnesses major developments in the nature of religion and in the nature of the household. Such views are based on a rich record of the built environment in Neolithic settlements and substantial evidence for ritual and symbolism, often at the same sites. Using evidence from Neolithic central Anatolia, and particularly the site of Boncuklu, I examine the inter-related evidence for ritual practice, symbolic expression and the nature of households.

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