Abstract: Memory Matters: The Social Lives of Objects and Dead Bodies in the Third and Second Millennia BC of the Portuguese Estremadura

Lecturer: Katina Lillios

The biographies and mnemonic properties of objects, the dead, and mortuary landscapes can provide insights into the dynamics of past social life. In this talk, I discuss the mnemonic practices of groups who lived in the Portuguese Estremadura during the Late Neolithic (3000-1800 BC), including the curation of objects and bone relics, the reuse of tombs, and the creation of heraldic plaques for the dead. I explore the implications of these practices toward understanding the profound social changes that occurred in the region around 1800 BC.   

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