Enclosures 2012 - Programme

International Meeting  

“Recent Prehistory Enclosures and Funerary Practices” 

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian,

Lisbon 6 to 8 of November 2012.  

          The questions raised by ditched and walled enclosures have been frequently at the heart of several debates regarding Peninsular Recent Prehistory communities.    

          Amongst the numerous issues discussed, one has emerged with particular relevance: the direct relation between enclosures and funerary practices. These relations, in some cases, go as far as to question the very notion of necropolis as a separated space for the dead and present similar situations that have been address with different approaches, generating different answers.  

          Because the last years have provided, in Iberia, important information regarding these contexts and their connection with funerary practices, and because Perdigões enclosure became an anchor project in this matter, the ERA Arqueologia decided to promote an international meeting to debate this issue. 

          Being a European phenomenon, we understand that the approach to the peninsular data must be framed and confronted with the information available to other European regions, aiming to encourage debate at different scales and from different contexts, experiences and theoretical backgrounds. Therefore, the meeting will assemble a group of researchers with provenance in several European countries where this topic has particularly importance.     



9.00         Registration

9.30         Open Session

10.15       Alasdair Whittle (Cardiff University, Wales, UK)

                Single or multiple?: exploring narratives for the development of enclosures in central and western Europe from the sixth to fourth millennia cal BC

 11.00       Break

11.15       Niels Andersen ( Moesgaard Museum & Copenhagen University, Denmark)   

               Were the causewayed enclosures and the megalithic monuments of the Funnel Beaker Culture in Denmark places for special deposits of fragmented, funeral materials?

11.45       Alex.M. Gibson (Bradford University, UK)

              Burial & Enclosure in Middle Neolithic Britain: some observations and some problems of continuity.

12.15       Jean-Noël Guyodo & Audrey Blanchard (Nantes University, France)               

              The place of funerary practices in Late Neolithic ditched and walled enclosures in the West of France. 

12.45       Debate


13.00       Lunch break


15.00       António Valera (NIA-ERA Arqueologia S.A., Portugal)


          Funerary practices in the Perdigões enclosure: time, diversity and cosmogony in the treatment conceded to the dead.

15.45       Filipa Rodrigues (Crivarque, Lda., Portugal)

                Skeletons in the ditch: funerary activity in ditched enclosures of Porto Torrão (Ferreira do Alentejo, Beja)

16.15       Ana Maria Silva & Cláudia Cunha (Coimbra University, Portugal)                          

           Human Bones, Burials and Funerary practices at Perdigões Enclosure

16.45       Break

17.00       Michael Kunst (German Archaeological Institute, Madrid, Spain)               

              Human Bones from Chalcolithic Walled Enclosures of Portuguese Estremadura: examples of Zambujal and Leceia.

 17.30       Susana Oliveira Jorge (Oporto University, Portugal)

          Enclosures and funerary practices: about an archaeology in search for the symbolic dimension of social relations.

18.00       Debate

19.00       Close               


9.30         Andrea Zeeb-Lanz (Cultural Administration of Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany)

             Human sacrifices with cannibalistic practices in a pit enclosure? The extraordinary early Neolithic site of Herxheim (Palatinate, Germany)

10.15       André Spatzier (Halle – Wittenberg University, Germany)               

             Warriors and victims? Gendered burial at a henge like enclosure near Magdeburg, Central Germany.

10.45       S.A. Luca & Suciu Cosmin (Lucian Blaga din Sibiu University, Romania)               

            Turdas Eneolithic enclosure system and its funerary practices.

11.15       Break

12.00       Alberto Cazzella (University of Rome, Italy) & Giulia Recchia (University of Foggia, Italy)

             The Copper Age ditched settlement at Conelle di Arcevia (central Italy)

12.30       Debate

13.00       Lunch break

15.00       Leonardo Garcia Sanjuan (Seville University, Spain)

              Funerary practices in the Copper Age settlement of Valencina de la Concepción (Seville): formal diversity and social rank.

15.45       Patricia Ríos, Corina Liesau & Concepción Blasco (University Autónoma of Madrid, Spain)

              Death areas in the ditched enclosure of Camino de Las Yeseras.  A reference site in the center of theIberian Peninsula.

16.15       Victor Hurtado & Carlos Odriozola (Seville University, Spain)               

               Ditched enclosures in La Pijotilla and San Blás (Badajoz, Spaina)

16.45       Break

17.00       J. E. Marquéz Romero & Víctor Jiménez Jaiméz (Malaga University, Spain)               

           Meeting synthesis

17.30       Global Debate

19.00       Close               


8.00         Field trip:

Perdigões enclosure and museum (Reguengos de Monsaraz); Santa Vitória enclosure (Campo Maior); Évora city.



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