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Arms-bearers in separate graves from Great Moravia and the emergence of the Early Medieval military-aristocratic organization in East-Central Europe

Authors

MACHÁČEK Jiří BERNER Margit DRESLER Petr DRTIKOLOVÁ KAUPOVÁ Sylva PŘICHYSTALOVÁ Renáta SLÁDEK Vladimír

Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Praehistorische Zeitschrift
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Web https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/pz-2021-0020/html
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/pz-2021-0020
Keywords separate burial; Great Moravia; Early Middle Age; early aristocracy; warrior burial; sword
Description Great Moravia existed from the ninth to the first half of the tenth century AD between the Carolingian West and Slavic "outer Europe". The powerful polity was concidered the first state of the Slavs, and it copied the military-aristocratic organisation of the Western Europe. However, recently discovered separate burials with weapons and spurs challenge the existing historical concept. While the graves, with their extravagant burial rites, are reminiscent of the separate cemeteries of Frankish landlords or indenpendent peasant warriors, in Moravia, they represent a different social phenomenon, as shown by our archaeological and osteobiographical analysis. It is hoped that it could be one of the keys to understand the specific historical and cultural features of this part of the continent at the divide between East and West.
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