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Settlement Organisation of the Otomani-Füzesabony Cultural Complex in Slovakia. A Spatio-Temporal Modelling Study



Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Beyond Divides – The Otomani-Füzesabony Phenomenon : Current Approaches to Settlement and Burial in the North-eastern Carpathian Basin and Adjacent Areas
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Otomani-Füzesabony Cultural Complex; Eastern Slovakia; spatio-temporal modelling
Description The Otomani-Füzesabony Cultural Complex (OFCC) spanned a vast territory of the Eastern Carpathian Basin. Several previous studies indicated its complicated and unclear chronological relationships with certain pottery styles. The regional variation of the OFCC is based on differences in material culture, burial customs and complex landscape organisation of settlements. Therefore in this study, we used spatio-temporal modelling techniques to analyse the OFCC settlement structure with emphasis on several macroregions in Eastern Slovakia. A quantitative statistical approach was used to combine a broad range of archaeological and palaeoecological evidence in the space-time continuum. The results illustrate clearly the dynamic relationship between OFCC sites and the surrounding landscape across centuries. Isolated micro-regional communities had functioned independently, however concurrently they were collectivised within an extensive supra-regional and trans-tribal networks of connections sprawling far beyond the scope of any individual community. Gathered evidence suggests that access to water passes and proximity of metal ores were the key elements in structuring the OFCC settlement hierarchies and landscape transformations in the Bronze Age Slovakia.
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