Women in the funerary Bell Beaker record and their social recognition

Corina Liesau, Concepción Blasco, Patricia Ríos

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    © 2015, CSIC Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas. All Rights Reserved. The paper analyzes the Bell Beaker graves with female burials from three sites located near one another in the region of Madrid. The study addresses the female presence within contexts that have traditionally been considered mainly male. The variability of their grave goods and burial rituals and their identification in primary and secondary, single or collective inhumations, is also analyzed. Their associations with male adult individuals and/ or children are reviewed, and the social role of women buried with daggers in significant graves is discussed. Although the sample is quantitatively insufficient, its variability at least allows us to refute previous claims about the numerical superiority of male graves that have been made without any empirical support. We conclude with a discussion of why there are fewer women in Bell Beaker tombs than in contemporaneous tombs without Bell Beakers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-125
    JournalTrabajos de Prehistoria
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


    • Archaeology of death
    • Bell Beaker
    • Chalcolithic
    • Madrid region
    • Social and gender perspective


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