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QuoteReplyTopic: Dolmens tombs Posted: 16-Feb-2012 at 22:54
I spent a month in Italy this summer and got to visit Slovenia and Hungary. The fine folks at Megalithic Portal are always happy to get pics and info about sites. As to neolithic expertise I am not too sure who might qualify there at megalithic portal. I will ask Runemage; I am facebook friends with some very interesting archaeologist in India and Pakistan who are closer to the action of the times.
"....He outlines growing archaeological evidence for daily activities at the site, such as flintknapping and food preparation. "The presence of this evidence suggests that the site was not, after all, devoid of residential occupation, but likely had quite a large population," Banning said. Banning goes on to argue that the population may have been housed in the purported temples themselves. He disagrees with the idea that the presence of decorative pillars or massive construction efforts means the buildings could not have been residential space. "The presupposition that 'art,' or even 'monumental' art, should be exclusively associated with specialized shrines or other non-domestic spaces also fails to withstand scrutiny," Banning writes. "There is abundant ethnographic evidence for considerable investment in the decoration of domestic structures and spaces, whether to commemorate the feats of ancestors, advertise a lineage's history or a chief's generosity; or record initiations and other house-based rituals." Archaeological evidence for domestic art from the Neolithic period exists as well, Banning says, such as the wall paintings at Çatalhöyük, another archaeological site in Turkey. Banning suggests that the purported temples may instead have been large communal houses..."
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