Transformations of semi-mobility? The Younger Neolithic in the Altmark

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Annalena Pfeiffer


During the Younger Neolithic (2800–2200 cal BC) different trans- formational processes took place in the Altmark region (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany). Paleo-ecological investigations indicate a significant increase in the human impact on the landscape. We probably are dealing with a highly mobile and translocal society that used smaller seasonal stations and whose economy was based on livestock farming, hunting and fishing as well as crop cultivation. In addition to ecological changes, there are also social changes recognisable in the archaeological material, which are most evident in the funeral practices. After a phase of relatively standardised burials within megalithic tombs a shift to new funeral practices becomes apparent. Sites like Brunau and Lüdelsen also indicate a mixture of different ceramic styles, indicating a strong cultural exchange in this region at that time.

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Pfeiffer 2019: A. Pfeiffer, Transformations of semi-mobility? The Younger Neolithic in the Altmark. JNA 21, 2019, 147–156. DOI: