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Book: Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse in the Bronze Age

Chapter: 9. "Show Me How You Bury Your People": Dolmens, Burials and Social Development in the Early Bronze Age

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.37726


The pattern of burials changes from the Late Chalcolithic to the Early Bronze Age, the latter being characterised by the existence of large, visible burial grounds, which take many different forms. They can consist of open air cemeteries as in Bab edh-Dhra or in dolmen fields as in several sites along the Jordanian plateau and lowland. The dolmen fields of Murayghat are introduced here and put in context with the social development during the Early Bronze Age I.

Chapter Contributors

  • Susanne Kerner ( - skerner) 'University of Copenhagen'