Documenta Praehistorica XXXVII

Neolithic Studies 17


Alexandra Figueiredo

Rituals and death cults in recent prehistory in Central Portugal (Alto Ribatejo)

85-94

DOI: 10.4312/dp.37.8

Abstract

The present paper aims to give a general outline of new data that contributes to a better understanding of cults and rituals in Alto Ribatejo, central Portugal, during recent prehistory. The Megalithic Complex of Rego da Murta is the only megalithic set known so far in the Upper Nabăo region, and is therefore of crucial significance to understanding the population dynamics of the people who inhabited this region. The excellent preservation of deposition contexts – especially those in Dolmen II of Rego da Murta, and its relative proximity with the cave contexts – makes it the perfect case study for understanding the burial rites performed in this period.

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V članku predstavljamo nove podatke, ki omogočajo globlje razumevanje kultov in ritualov v Alto Ribatejo v osrednji Portugalski v mlajši prazgodovini. Megalitski kompleks Rego da Murta v regiji Nabăo je ključnega pomena za razumevanje populacijskih dinamik. Odlična ohranjenost depozita v dolmenu II v Rego da Murta in bližina jamskega konteksta omogočata natančno analizo pogrebnih ritualov.

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