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date: 05 March 2021

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This chapter seeks to draw together what we currently know about the Neolithic enclosures of Italy, and to interpret them from a biographical perspective as dynamic and diverse permeable boundaries, intimately related to the domestic practices, cultural traditions, and long-term histories of settled agricultural communities and their constituent households. More specifically, it considers the evidence of enclosure traditions in four key regions: the Tavoliere plain in northern Puglia—best known for its ditched enclosures, sometimes strengthened by stone walls; other parts of southern Italy, central Italy, and northern Italy—where wooden palisades combined with ditches and/or earth walls were more commonly constructed.

Keywords: Enclosures, palisades, boundaries, agricultural communities, households, Neolithic, Italy

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