‘Scrap Metal Hoards’ of the Later Urnfield Period in the Carpathian Basin

A Case Study on a Hoard from Dezmir, Romania

Authors

  • Oliver Dietrich Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle (Saale), Germany
  • Laura Dietrich Austrian Archaeological Institute, Vienna, Austria
  • Botond Rezi Muzeul Județean Mureș, Târgu Mureş, Romania

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.49.17

Keywords:

Carpathian Basin, Bronze Age, hoards, chronology

Abstract

Large ‘scrap’ metal hoards have so far been seen as a characteristic of the older Urnfield Period in the eastern Carpathian Basin. Using the hoard from Dezmir, Romania, as a starting point, this paper describes a group of hoards with chronologically and spatially diverse components. These hoards were hidden during the younger Urnfield Period and represent smaller variants of the older, large ‘scrap’ hoards. Earlier research has used them to define a chronological horizon (‘Phase 3-Jupalnic-Turia-Ha A2’). Based on archaeological observations, spatial data and a correspondence analysis, we argue that they represent a specific hoarding practice instead, characteristic of Phase 4, i.e. the younger Urnfield Period.

 

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Published

04.11.2022

How to Cite

Dietrich, O., Dietrich, L., & Rezi, B. (2022). ‘Scrap Metal Hoards’ of the Later Urnfield Period in the Carpathian Basin: A Case Study on a Hoard from Dezmir, Romania. Documenta Praehistorica, 49, 2–22. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.49.17

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