Sanctifying the House Child Burial in Prehistoric Anatolia

Yildirim B. , Hackley L. D. , Steadman S. R.

NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY, cilt.81, sa.3, ss.164-173, 2018 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 81 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5615/neareastarch.81.3.0164
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.164-173


The intramural burial of small children is culturally widespread, seen from prehistory until modern times n many places around the world. The practice was especially common in the prehistoric eastern Mediterranean, with many examples found in in Egypt, the Levant, and Anatolia. Burial of individuals within the house suggests kinship connections with the dead, the connection of the physical home to the life of the family, and perhaps the belief that the presence of buried family members protected the living.