A sexual division of labour at the start of agriculture? A multi-proxy comparison through grave good stone tool technological and use-wear analysis

  title={A sexual division of labour at the start of agriculture? A multi-proxy comparison through grave good stone tool technological and use-wear analysis},
  author={Alba Masclans and Caroline Hamon and Christian Jeunesse and Penny Bickle},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
This work demonstrates the importance of integrating sexual division of labour into the research of the transition to the Neolithic and its social implications. During the spread of the Neolithic in Europe, when migration led to the dispersal of domesticated plants and animals, novel tasks and tools, appear in the archaeological record. By examining the use-wear traces from over 400 stone tools from funerary contexts of the earliest Neolithic in central Europe we provide insights into what… 

Funerary Practices as a Testimony of Ideology in Western Linearbandkeramik Culture

Abstract The Linearbandkeramik (LBK) is behind the spread of the Neolithic way of life in a large part of Western Europe. This period is often regarded as the beginning of social inequalities whose

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  • 2022
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This paper aims to explore gender diversity and sexual division of labour at the beginning of farming through the study of one of the earliest Linearbandkeramik cemeteries in Central Europe: Nitra

Animals in LBK society: Identity and gender markers

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Traces of Inequality at the Origins of Agriculture in the Ancient Near East

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