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Urnenfelderzeitliche Siedlungen, Gräberfelder und Hortfunde Mährens – Neueste Ausgrabungen und Forschungen

Title in English Urnfield settlement, burial grounds and hoards Moravia – latest research


Year of publication 2016
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description During the last twenty-five years, the data base for the Urnfield research in Moravia has greatly increased due to numerous large-scale excavations. The reworking of the new finds allows new insights and interpretations in this period between the 13th and 8th century BC and confirms the assumption about the direct evolution between Tumulus grave culture and the early urnfields. Valuable insights into the furnishing of the graves and on burial districts in the Late Middle Bronze Age and on the Early Urnfields can be obtained from a number of newly discovered burial fields. Since the monographic template from the year 2005, some new discoveries have also come to light in the depots, especially by the probes. They confirm the already observed rule that most of the metal depots are concentrated in certain topographical regions (landfill sites) and refer to prominent landmarks. Apart from smaller units/farms, there are also some larger and long-term settlements, with a handcraft (for example bronze processing). With the development of fortified sites in the Final Bronze Age , a restructuring of the settlement network takes place. The importance and function of the large-scale hill-top sites is still unclear. Direct evidence of a centralized function is only sporadic.
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