Argaric sociology: Sex and death

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The detailed, rich and diverse Argaric funerary record offers an opportunity to explore social dimensions that usually remain elusive for prehistoric research, such us social rules on kinship rights and obligations, sexual tolerance and the role of funerary practices in preserving the economic and political organization. This paper addresses these topics through an analysis of the social meaning of Argaric double tombs by looking at body treatment and composition of grave goods assemblages according to gender and class affiliation. The Argaric seems to have been a conservative society, scarcely tolerant regarding homosexuality, and willing to celebrate ancestry associated to certain places as a means of asserting residence and property rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-62
Number of pages33
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2016


  • Burial
  • Double tombs
  • El argar
  • Social organization


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