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Anthropological examination of skeletal remains of a princess buried at the Žuráň barrow (South Moravia, Czech Republic)



Year of publication 2009
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Glaube, Kult undHerrschaft. Phanomëne des Religiösen im 1. Jahrhundert n. Chr. in Mittel- und Nordeuropa
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Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords anthropology Czech Republic Žuráň barrow
Description On archaeological investigation of Žuráň barrow (Moravia, Czech Republic) in the field campaign 1948 to 1950 a chamber grave was uncovered and labelled No.II. Even thought the grave was spoilt before construction of great barrow was built above it, very rich inventory of the grave containing pieces of ivory pyxis, ivory plates, gold fibres, glass receptacles, silver spikes and more other artefacts was found. Discovered artefacts were dated to the 5th and 6th century A.D. Within the grave a female burial was found. According the richness of accompanying artefacts was the buried woman a member of nobility of certain of Germans tribes which settled Moravia in this time. Anthropological exploration of her skeletal remains found at her left pelvic bone very strange quadratic perforation in the centre of left acetabulum. Assessing of the acetabular defect by CT screening and by histological exploration of bone tissue showed changes in bone tissue at margins of this defect caused by healing process that just started. It means the woman survived short time after accident causing the injury. The origin of the injury is not known, it was probably caused by an accident or by some kind of violent attack.
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