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Social and Spatial Patterns at the Beginning of the 3rd Millenium cal BC in Eastern Czech Republic(Moravia): case study Corded Ware culture

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Year of publication 2013
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Faculty of Arts

Description During the beginning of the 3rd millennium cal BC, the Copper Age society in Moravia, known as the Corded Ware culture, underwent a major transformation, as can be seen by the change in burial rites. In contrast to previous centuries, which have nearly no regular graves, in this period well-equipped burials, often covered by barrows, constitute most of the archaeological record. However, several important questions must be answered, as the graves and burial rites do not clearly mirror the true social make-up of the Corded Ware using groups. Based on detailed quantitative and qualitative analyses of the archaeological record (sites, graves, artefacts, ecofacts) from more than 800 contexts this paper discusses different social identities (e.g. gender, warrior, craftsmen) and their possible institutionalized forms, which were closely related to power organization and its regional representation. One of the main aims of this paper is to suggest and discuss models of social structure with close connection to regional communication and exchange networks in the area lying at the borders between the Corded Ware culture sphere and the nascent Bronze Age cultures situated in the Carpathian Basin.
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