Early monumentality and social differentiation: A case study in Western Mecklenburg, Germany

Authors: Darvill, T. and Lüth, F.

Editors: Müller, J., Hinz, M. and Wunderlich, M.

Volume: 18

Pages: 255

Publisher: Verlag Dr. Rudolf Habelt

Place of Publication: Bonn

ISBN: 978-3-7749-4213-4

This paper briefly summarizes provisional interim results from a series of excavations and surveys undertaken between 2010 and 2015 for the SPP1400 regional case study into early monumentality and social differentiation in western Mecklenburg. The area is rich in sites of the later fifth and fourth millennia BC, standing north of the LBK territory and south of the Ertebølle Culture settlement zone along the shores of the Baltic. Attention focuses on the Friedrichsruhe megalithic cemetery and the enclosures at Plate and Gädebehn. All the investigated sites date to the fourth millennium and early third millennia BC and illustrate local, regional, and long-distance connections.

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