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PhD Defence

The domestic sphere of the corded ware culture

Thursday 23 February 2017
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden

A functional analysis of the domestic implements of three Dutch settlements.


The European Corded Ware Culture (2900-2400 BC) is mostly known by its funerary architecture and the depositions of goods. The Netherlands is no exception. Archaeological excavations of domestic settlements are a recent phenomenon, and the number of excavated sites is still low. Although large-scale excavations of Single Grave Culture settlements took place in the Netherlands in the second half of the 20th century, few results have been published. The project aimed to study three of these excavated sites: Keinsmerbrug, Mienakker and Zeewijk (Noord Holland province, the Netherlands). This was the first time that settlements were studied in its totality by a multidisciplinary team.

This PhD dissertation combines technological and functional analysis of Single Grave artefacts (flint, stone and bone implements) from the three selected sites. Tools were understood as the material reflection of the technological development of the prehistoric communities, as well as the carriers of social knowledge and practices. Therefore, to understand how these tools were produced, and used, is the only way to understand their function inside of the social system they were engaged into. Through the application of these methods it will be possible to reconstruct economic practices at the sites and reconstruct subsistence strategies; understand the role played by tools and by sites, and improve the knowledge of the Late Neolithic in the Noord-Holland province and Europe.


  • Prof. A.L. van Gijn


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