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Ulrike Sommer
Published Dec 27, 2017


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. Salt, fire, cress and fennel – how to create pollution. Journal of Neolithic Archaeology, [S.l.], p. 61–96, dec. 2017. ISSN 2197-649X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 27 mar. 2019. doi: