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Author Vaart, S. van der (Sasja), author

Title Fragmenting the chieftain : a practice-based study of Early Iron Age Hallstatt C elite burials in the Low Countries / Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof
Published Leiden : Sidestone Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource
Series PALMA, 2034-550X ; 15
Papers on archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities ; 15. 2034-550X
Contents [Vol. 1] [Text] -- [vol. 2] Catalogue
Summary There is a cluster of Early Iron Age (800-500 BC) elite burials in the Low Countries in which bronze vessels, weaponry, horse-gear and wagons were interred as grave goods. Mostly imports from Central Europe, these objects are found brought together in varying configurations in cremation burials generally known as Chieftain's graves or Princely burials. In terms of grave goods they resemble the Fürstengräber of the Hallstatt Culture of Central Europe, with famous Dutch and Belgian examples being the Chieftain's grave of Oss, the wagon-grave of Wijchen and the elite cemetery of Court-St-Etienne. 'Fragmenting the Chieftain' presents the results of an in-depth and practice-based archaeological analysis of the Dutch and Belgian elite graves and the burial practice through which they were created. It was established that the elite burials are embedded in the local burial practices - as reflected by the use of the cremation rite, the bending and breaking of grave goods, and the pars pro toto deposition of human remains and objects, all in accordance with the dominant local urnfield burial practice. It appears that those individuals interred with wagons and related items warranted a more elaborate funerary rite, most likely because these ceremonial and cosmologically charged vehicles marked their owners out at exceptional individuals. Furthermore, in a few graves the configuration of the grave good set, the use of textiles to wrap grave goods and the dead and the reuse of burial mounds show the influence of individuals familiar with Hallstatt Culture burial customs
Notes Dissertation Leiden University in order to obtain the degree of doctor in the year 2017
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Funeral rites and ceremonies, Ancient -- Benelux countries.
Grave goods -- Benelux countries -- History.
Hallstatt period -- Benelux countries.
Genre/Form History.
Academic theses.
Form Electronic book
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