The recent re-analysis of the burial goods from the Castelnovian grave of Mondeval de Sora has allowed several previously unexplored peculiarities of this unique discovery to be highlighted. Particularly the techno-economical and functional studies of the rich lithic and osseous assemblages have stressed the importance of a group of items indicating strict connections to specialised flint-knapping practices. As it has been suggested for a burial from the Neolithic necropolis of Mehrgarh, Pakistan (VI millennium B.C.), showing similar characteristics and dating back to a slightly more recent period than the burial of Mondeval (second part of the VII millennium B.C.) these features suggest that the man was at least a technically if not an economically specialised blade knapper . The man of Mondeval seems thus to embody a social role which will be also present in some Neolithic societies and the existence of which appears as a consequence of the introduction, during the Late Mesolithic, of new knapping techniques for blades and bladelets extraction (punch and pressure techniques).

The Castelnovian burial of Mondeval de Sora (San Vito di Cadore, Belluno, Italy): a specialised flint knapper’s grave?

FONTANA, Federica;Bertola, Stefano;
2014

Abstract

The recent re-analysis of the burial goods from the Castelnovian grave of Mondeval de Sora has allowed several previously unexplored peculiarities of this unique discovery to be highlighted. Particularly the techno-economical and functional studies of the rich lithic and osseous assemblages have stressed the importance of a group of items indicating strict connections to specialised flint-knapping practices. As it has been suggested for a burial from the Neolithic necropolis of Mehrgarh, Pakistan (VI millennium B.C.), showing similar characteristics and dating back to a slightly more recent period than the burial of Mondeval (second part of the VII millennium B.C.) these features suggest that the man was at least a technically if not an economically specialised blade knapper . The man of Mondeval seems thus to embody a social role which will be also present in some Neolithic societies and the existence of which appears as a consequence of the introduction, during the Late Mesolithic, of new knapping techniques for blades and bladelets extraction (punch and pressure techniques).
Castelnovian, grave, flintknapping
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