Award Date

1-1-1995

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Committee Member

Alan H. Simmons

Number of Pages

198

Abstract

Three sets of material and ideological data from East Baltic Neolithic pre-Corded Ware culture sites c. 6500-3500 B.P. are compiled and compared in order to reasonably interpret certain aspects of these prehistoric people's ideology, specifically as it relates to their faunal environment and gender-based patterns in their social system. Approaches taken consist of (1) statistical analyses of a symbolic data base comprised of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic art data, and grave good inventories as they relate to gender, (2) a comparison of frequencies of faunal types represented in economy and zoomorphic symbols, and (3) a cross-cultural comparison of contexts of the most frequently occurring Neolithic faunal symbols in East Baltic historic mythology, folklore, and ethnography. It is hoped that the combined multi-varied approach data results can serve as a middle ground between vague abstract theorizing about Neolithic ideology, and a wealth of infrequently addressed symbolic material data.

Keywords

Approach; Baltic; East; Meaning Neolithic; Symbols

Controlled Subject

Archaeology; Ethnology; Balts (Indo-European people)--Study and teaching

File Format

pdf

File Size

7864.32 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/mh3u-lcdo


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