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Journey to murder. Atypical graves of immigrants in the Early Bronze Age Europe.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.
2014 (English)In: Sprawozdania Archeologiczne, ISSN 0081-3834, Vol. 66, 91-100 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Migrations had important effects on Bronze Age economy, adaptation of new inventions and technological cohesion, however their impact upon society remains under-studied. The knowledge of how individual longdistance mobility affected various forms of societal interaction is limited and fragmented, especially when it comes to murder.

In archaeology the analyses of criminality encounter massive obstacles due to unknowable character of crimes, victims and social contexts of these. In this paper we present new data and results of isotopic analyses (14C, 87Sr/86Sr, 15N/13C) of the four individuals discovered in the mass grave in Milejowice, SW Poland, and associated with the Unetice Culture (2200–1700 BC). Our data indicate the presence of immigrants from other parts of Europe in prehistoric Silesia and shed a new light upon likely nature of crimes in the Bronze Age society.

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Cracow: Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences , 2014. Vol. 66, 91-100 p.
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Stable isotopes, Bronze Age, mass graves, carbon reservoir effect, mobility, prehistoric diet, radiocarbon dating
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129497OAI: diva2:922601
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