Intencionálne uloženie koňa - obeť nebo pohreb? Niekoľko postrehov na základe nálezov z Břeclavi-Pohanska

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Title in English Intentional disposal of a horse – a sacrifice or a burial? Some reflections based on findings from Břeclav-Pohansko


Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Studia archaeologica Brunensia
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Faculty of Arts

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Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords Early Middle Ages; horse; burial rite; settlement burials
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Description In European environment it is already since the Migration Period that we come upon intentionally deposited horse skeletons or horse burials in both usual graveyards and settlements. This custom is archaeologically provable still in the 11th–12th centuries. Horse burials either were part of magic rituals related to mythology or have served as an offering relevant to a specific social rank of the deceased. The presented paper reflects on how to interpret six examples of intentionally disposed horses within the settlement context in the area of the Břeclav-Pohansko stronghold by analysing the excavation findings, comparing them to similar early medieval findings published, and making use of hitherto knowledge on Slavic mythology and religiosity.
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