Gramacho dump in Rio de Janeiro. Source: (Sommer 2017).

Salt, fire, cress and fennel – how to create pollution

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Ulrike Sommer


This article reflects on the concept of pollution as a concept and its history from an anthropological-archaeological perspective. With reference to Mary Douglas, the peculiarities of the archaeological approach to the concept are explained. The context of pollution is illuminated as an interpretative category by historical and ethnological case studies.

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Sommer, Ulrike. 2017. “Salt, Fire, Cress and Fennel – How to Create Pollution”. Journal of Neolithic Archaeology 19 (December), 61–96.