What does the bell-distribution hide? Spatial behavior and demographic development of the Funnel Beaker culture populations in Bronocice region, Poland


  • Aleksandr Diachenko Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Janusz Kruk Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Sarunas Milisauskas Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo




spatial behavior, demographic development, Neolithic, Bronocice, Funnel Beaker culture, bell-curve


Spatial archaeology usually links population estimates to settlement functions. Normal (Gaussian) or binomial distributions of a variable reflecting population values are used for groups of sites identified as seasonal occupations, hamlets, villages, centers etc. However, using this approach the demographic development remains hidden in bell-curves. To solve this issue we propose a research procedure that considers spatio-demographic development of the population. Application of this procedure to Funnel Beaker sites in the Bronocice region led to the identification of at least 7 sub-phases in the ‘classical’ period Bronocice 3 (BR II) and 4 (BR III) and could be increased to 8-9 sub-phases


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Diachenko , A. ., Kruk , J., & Milisauskas , S. . (2016). What does the bell-distribution hide? Spatial behavior and demographic development of the Funnel Beaker culture populations in Bronocice region, Poland . Sprawozdania Archeologiczne, 68, 25–37. https://doi.org/10.23858/SA68.2016.002




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