Connecting Elites and Regions

Perspectives on contacts, relations and differentiation during the Early Iron Age Hallstatt C period in Northwest and Central Europe

Edited by Robert Schumann and Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof | 2017

Connecting Elites and Regions

Perspectives on contacts, relations and differentiation during the Early Iron Age Hallstatt C period in Northwest and Central Europe

Edited by Robert Schumann and Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof | 2017

ISBN: 9789088904424

Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 210x280mm | 386 pp. | Language: English | 78 illus. (bw) | 63 illus. (fc) | Category: archaeology, prehistory, early iron age, Hallstatt C, northwestern Europe, Central Europe, elites, large-scale interdependencies, social differentiation, burial mounds, burial ritual | download cover

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    ISBN: 9789088904424

    Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 210x280mm | 386 pp. | Language: English | 78 illus. (bw) | 63 illus. (fc) | Category: archaeology, prehistory, early iron age, Hallstatt C, northwestern Europe, Central Europe, elites, large-scale interdependencies, social differentiation, burial mounds, burial ritual | download cover

The Early Iron Age Hallstatt C period in Northwest and Central Europe is marked by the emergence of monumental tumuli with lavish burials, some of which are known as chieftain’s or princely graves. This new burial rite reflects one of the most noteworthy developments in Early Iron Age Europe: the rise of a new and elaborate way of elite representation north of the Alps.

These sumptuous burials contain beautiful weaponry, bronze vessels and extravagantly decorated wagons and horse-gear. They reflect long-distance connections in material culture and elite (burial) practices across the breadth of Northwest and Central Europe. Research into this period, however, tends to be regionally focused and poorly accessible to scholars from other areas – language barriers in particular are a hindering factor.

In an attempt to overcome this, Connecting Elites and Regions brings together scholars from several research traditions and nations who present regional overviews and discussions of elite burials and material culture from all over Northwest and Central Europe. In many cases these are the first overviews available in English and together they make regional research accessible to a wider audience. As such this volume contributes to and hopes to stimulate research on the Early Iron Age Hallstatt C period on a European scale.

Preface
Robert Schumann and Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof

Differentiation and globalization in Early Iron Age Europe. Reintegrating the Early Hallstatt period (Ha C) into the debate
Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof and Robert Schumann

Moravia – a connecting Line between North, West and South. To the supra-regional connections and formation of elites in the Early Hallstatt period
Erika Makarová

The Iron Age cremation cemetery of Wörgl in Tyrol and the Early Hallstatt Mindelheim horizon
Markus Egg

Animals to honour the ancestors: on animal depositions in barrows of the northeast Alpine Hallstatt region
Petra Kmeťová

Hallstatt C sword graves in Continental Gaul: rise of an elite or new system of representation of self in a context of crisis?
Pierre-Yves Milcent

Hallstatt elite burials in Bohemia from the perspective of interregional contacts
Martin Trefný

A cluster of chieftains’ graves in the Netherlands? Cremating and inhumating elites during Ha C on the Maashorst, the Netherlands
Richard Jansen and Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof

Textile symbolism in Early Iron Age burials
Christoph Huth and Monika Kondziella

Identification and chronological aspects of western influence in northeast Alpine region of Hallstatt culture
Laco Chmelo

Elites before the Fürstensitze: Hallstatt C sumptuous graves between Main and Danube
Manuel Fernández-Götz and Bettina Arnold

The Early Iron Age in Belgium: earth and fire, and also water
Eugène Warmenbol

Textiles as Early Iron Age prestige goods – a discussion of visual qualities
Karina Grömer

‘Elite graves’ in Bavaria. Considerations of practices, status and communication of Early Hallstatt communities
Melanie Augstein

New approaches to tracing (landscape) connections on the southeastern fringes of the Alps in the Early Iron Age: the state of (integrated) research in eastern Slovenia
Matija Črešnar

Elites in the cemetery at Hallstatt, Upper Austria
Bettina Glunz-Hüsken

French elite burials of the Early Iron Age
Laurie Tremblay Cormier

A practice perspective: understanding Early Iron Age elite burials in the southern Netherlands through event-based analysis
Quentin Bourgeois and Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof

New research on sword graves of the Hallstatt C period in Hesse
Wolfram Ney

The Early Hallstatt elite burials in Belgium. An analysis of the funerary ritual
Guy De Mulder

At the crossroads of the Hallstatt East
Carola Metzner-Nebelsick

Dr. Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann is currently postdoc at the Institute for Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology of the University of Hamburg. He gained his PhD at the University of Munich with a thesis about status and prestige in the Early Iron Age (published 2015) and is among others involved in research projects about Early Hallstatt sumptuous burials in Bavaria and Upper Austria.

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Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof RMA

Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof is currently a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She was awarded a NWO research grant for her PhD project entitled Constructing powerful identities. The conception and meaning of ‘rich’ Hallstatt burials in the Low Countries (800-500 BC).

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Abstract:

The Early Iron Age Hallstatt C period in Northwest and Central Europe is marked by the emergence of monumental tumuli with lavish burials, some of which are known as chieftain’s or princely graves. This new burial rite reflects one of the most noteworthy developments in Early Iron Age Europe: the rise of a new and elaborate way of elite representation north of the Alps.

These sumptuous burials contain beautiful weaponry, bronze vessels and extravagantly decorated wagons and horse-gear. They reflect long-distance connections in material culture and elite (burial) practices across the breadth of Northwest and Central Europe. Research into this period, however, tends to be regionally focused and poorly accessible to scholars from other areas – language barriers in particular are a hindering factor.

In an attempt to overcome this, Connecting Elites and Regions brings together scholars from several research traditions and nations who present regional overviews and discussions of elite burials and material culture from all over Northwest and Central Europe. In many cases these are the first overviews available in English and together they make regional research accessible to a wider audience. As such this volume contributes to and hopes to stimulate research on the Early Iron Age Hallstatt C period on a European scale.

Contents

Preface
Robert Schumann and Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof

Differentiation and globalization in Early Iron Age Europe. Reintegrating the Early Hallstatt period (Ha C) into the debate
Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof and Robert Schumann

Moravia – a connecting Line between North, West and South. To the supra-regional connections and formation of elites in the Early Hallstatt period
Erika Makarová

The Iron Age cremation cemetery of Wörgl in Tyrol and the Early Hallstatt Mindelheim horizon
Markus Egg

Animals to honour the ancestors: on animal depositions in barrows of the northeast Alpine Hallstatt region
Petra Kmeťová

Hallstatt C sword graves in Continental Gaul: rise of an elite or new system of representation of self in a context of crisis?
Pierre-Yves Milcent

Hallstatt elite burials in Bohemia from the perspective of interregional contacts
Martin Trefný

A cluster of chieftains’ graves in the Netherlands? Cremating and inhumating elites during Ha C on the Maashorst, the Netherlands
Richard Jansen and Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof

Textile symbolism in Early Iron Age burials
Christoph Huth and Monika Kondziella

Identification and chronological aspects of western influence in northeast Alpine region of Hallstatt culture
Laco Chmelo

Elites before the Fürstensitze: Hallstatt C sumptuous graves between Main and Danube
Manuel Fernández-Götz and Bettina Arnold

The Early Iron Age in Belgium: earth and fire, and also water
Eugène Warmenbol

Textiles as Early Iron Age prestige goods – a discussion of visual qualities
Karina Grömer

‘Elite graves’ in Bavaria. Considerations of practices, status and communication of Early Hallstatt communities
Melanie Augstein

New approaches to tracing (landscape) connections on the southeastern fringes of the Alps in the Early Iron Age: the state of (integrated) research in eastern Slovenia
Matija Črešnar

Elites in the cemetery at Hallstatt, Upper Austria
Bettina Glunz-Hüsken

French elite burials of the Early Iron Age
Laurie Tremblay Cormier

A practice perspective: understanding Early Iron Age elite burials in the southern Netherlands through event-based analysis
Quentin Bourgeois and Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof

New research on sword graves of the Hallstatt C period in Hesse
Wolfram Ney

The Early Hallstatt elite burials in Belgium. An analysis of the funerary ritual
Guy De Mulder

At the crossroads of the Hallstatt East
Carola Metzner-Nebelsick

Dr. Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann is currently postdoc at the Institute for Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology of the University of Hamburg. He gained his PhD at the University of Munich with a thesis about status and prestige in the Early Iron Age (published 2015) and is among others involved in research projects about Early Hallstatt sumptuous burials in Bavaria and Upper Austria.

read more

Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof RMA

Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof is currently a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She was awarded a NWO research grant for her PhD project entitled Constructing powerful identities. The conception and meaning of ‘rich’ Hallstatt burials in the Low Countries (800-500 BC).

read more









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