Spatial patterns of the Final Eneolithic societies in Moravia (Czech Republic)



Year of publication 2017
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description Moravia (Czech Republic) with its position at the edge of Carpathian basin lies at the south-eastern periphery of geographic spread of the Corded Ware culture in Europe. Contemporary Bell Beaker culture, creating here one of the richest regional groups, is crossing this borders and spreads along the Danube to the current Hungary. Both of these archaeological phenomena include in this region the supra-regional components (Corded beakers, hammer-axes, amphorae, Bell Beakers, daggers, arrowheads etc.) and complementary ceramics, which has very close analogues in the material culture of the Carpathian basin. Nevertheless, even such a small region as Moravia shows evidence of regional aspects in the production and use of material culture and symbolic behaviour. What was behind these regional differences? Can we trace different social processes behind different spectra of pottery shapes in different regions? Does the use of different flint raw materials reflect the social relationships within the region or also the supra-regional connections? Why was industrial landscape of Krumlovský les, significant for flint mining, crucially important for the Bell Beaker communities? Did the Corded Ware and Bell Beaker communities share the same networks of interaction and did they form a society through it? How is the actual archaeological practice structuring the nature of archaeological evidence? These questions will be answered through polythetic approach to archaeological culture and with help of the large-scale databases, statistics and spatial analyses.
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