International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
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'Peša V, 2015: Life in the border landscape: neolithic and early aeneolithic rockshelters and settlement patterns in northern Bohemia / Saxony. Anthropologie (Brno) 53, 3: 413-429'.
Sites with pottery dating to the Neolithic and Early Aeneolithic represent the last frontiers of civilization on the edge of unsettled territory stretching hundreds of kilometres from the neolithic landscape. Both in the Mesolithic as well as in the Neolithic – and apparently also in the Proto- to Early Aeneolithic – there existed four types of sites on the border between the settled and unsettled landscape; sandstone rockshelters are the best researched of them. This paper discusses the function of the rockshelters and a colonization of the unsettled areas. The religious model that shrines are places where the new territory has been ritually re-created for human purposes is verificated. Subsequently people can begin to make use of it. During this early phase of colonization, distinctive landscape elements such as hills, watercourses, rock formations (perhaps some rockshelters as well) and lookout points that helped people orient themselves in the unfamiliar landscape were probably of significant meaning.
Uninhabited landscape ‒ Rockshelters ‒ North Bohemia ‒ Cult places ‒ Cosmology

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