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Considerations regarding Barrow Burials and Metal Depositions during the Early Bronze Age in the Carpathian-Danube Area

Preda, Bianca

Revista Hiperboreea, 2015, Vol.2(2), pp.5-51 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Considerations regarding Barrow Burials and Metal Depositions during the Early Bronze Age in the Carpathian-Danube Area
  • Author: Preda, Bianca
  • Description: The beginning of the Early Bronze Age brought significant changes in the Carpathian-Danube Area, including new burial customs, a different economy and innovative technologies, most of them with eastern steppe origins. Thus, burial barrows appeared in the landscape raised over rectangular grave-pits, sometimes with wood or stone structures containing individuals lying in contracted or supine position with flexed legs, stained with ochre, rarely accompanied by grave-goods like wares, ornaments or weapons made of stone, bone and precious metals. Among the metallurgical innovations, items such as silver hair rings, copper shaft-hole axes and tanged daggers are considered specific to the new era. However, a careful approach of the deposition contexts of these artifacts, as compared with the eastern space, indicates that in some cases the objects were not just adopted, but reinterpreted and involved in different social practices. This paper aims to analyze the manner in which metal pieces were disposed of and to identify the rules governing this behavior.
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Archaeology ; Visual Arts
  • Source: Central and Eastern European Online Library (C.E.E.O.L.)
  • Identifier: E-ISSN: 2284-5666
  • Relation: Revista Hiperboreea, 2015, Vol.2(2), pp.5-51

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