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Rogue utopians or bumpkins on the margin? Bronze Age mortuary customs in the marshlands of the Great Hungarian Plain

Author(s): Györgyi Parditka ; Paul Duffy ; László Paja ; Ádám Balázs ; Justine Tynan

Year: 2016

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Many archaeologists argue that the emergence of a social elite in the Bronze Age of the Great Hungarian Plain is due to the parallel appearance of a specialized trade network they were able to control. This poster focuses on the burial customs at the Békés 103 site, a Bronze Age cemetery in Eastern Hungary. This area saw growth in population, the intensification of farming, and increases in metal production during the Bronze Age, but the settlements lack any evidence for social hierarchy. Do mortuary practices reveal a different ideology and trajectory in this area? By analyzing the mortuary customs at this site, we hope to determine whether the existence of exotic goods or other funerary displays indicate different patterns of participation in the trade networks. By comparing the site to neighboring cemeteries, we will also investigate whether these burial practices are similar to the larger region's patterns, or different and therefore indicate some kind of isolation from other settlements in the Carpathian Basin.


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Rogue utopians or bumpkins on the margin? Bronze Age mortuary customs in the marshlands of the Great Hungarian Plain. Györgyi Parditka, Paul Duffy, László Paja, Ádám Balázs, Justine Tynan. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404307)


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Europe


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America