Arguments for an Alternative Approach to the Interpretation of the Human Remains from the Cucuteni Culture
GEORGE BODI, LOREDANA SOLCAN, LUMINIȚA BEJENARU
The paper will briefly present the currently known findings of human remains from the Cucuteni
culture. We will critically examine the contexts of discovery and their current interpretations: deposition of
entire body - burial; deposition of body parts - ritual deposition; scattered bones/bone fragments - ritual
anthropophagy or just indifference.
We will then present the theoretical basis, which could allow for an alternate interpretation. When
tackling the difficult problem of understanding the attitude towards death of the Cucuteni population, the
major problem that the archaeologist faces is self-decontextualization. Paradoxically enough, such an
attempt to strip down ones intellectual mindset requires plenty of “intellectual prosthetics”.
After placing the Cucuteni funerary finds into a wider contemporary context, we will try to offer an
alternative theoretical path to the understanding of the rituals accompanying the moment of death enrolling
the help of concepts borrowed from philosophy, analytical psychology, sociobiology and anthropology.
Cucuteni culture, funerary rite, relational ontology, sociobiology, psychology.