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Sacrifice or Feasting: Fauna Interpretations of the First Iron Age Romanian commingled assemblages at Măgura Uroiului

Author(s): Virginia Lucas ; Claira Ralston ; Anna Osterholtz ; Andre Gonciar ; Angelica Balos

Year: 2017

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Summary

The Magura Uroiului rock formation, located at the confluence of the Mures and Strei Valleys, is a natural, dominating fortress on the landscape. This rock formation has been utilized by groups including, the Hallstatt, Celtic, and Late Iron Age Dacian. The focus of this presentation is the First Iron Age mortuary monument located at the base of the rock face. This monument yielded both human and animal remains, with primary and secondary burial practices of the human remains occurring. The monument was excavated over seven field seasons and both wild and domesticated animals were present. Following the analysis of the faunal remains, evidence of feasting and sacrifice were observed. The presence of these activities as well as burial objects present within the mortuary monument suggests increasing social stratification among this population group.


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Sacrifice or Feasting: Fauna Interpretations of the First Iron Age Romanian commingled assemblages at Măgura Uroiului. Virginia Lucas, Claira Ralston, Anna Osterholtz, Andre Gonciar, Angelica Balos. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428961)


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Europe


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17064

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