- Publisher: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
- Format: Hardback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 185mm x 257mm x 30mm | 930g
- Publication date: 30 September 1996
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0306453223
- ISBN 13: 9780306453229
- Edition statement: 1996 ed.
- Illustrations note: biography
- Sales rank: 1,610,384
John M. O'Shea explores this question by employing modern archaeological theory and analysis as well as mortuary theory to build a model of an Early Bronze Age society in the eastern Carpathian Basin. He focuses on the Maros communities and utilizes the densely encoded social information from their cemeteries to draw a picture of the Maros' social systems.
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'I imagine that every archaeologist...has grown dissatisfied with sherds, rocks, and bones, and wished to actually see the society of long ago that produced the archaeological assemblages...Yet the question that must be posed is 'Can such modeling or reconstruction be done with any degree of rigor?' From the preface
Table of contents
Introduction and Background: Introduction. The Archaeological Study of Funerary Practices. An Archaeological Overview of the Maros Group. Archaeological Analysis: The Cemeteries of the Maros Group. Coding and Classification of Grave Inclusions. Maros Funerary Differentiation: Body Preparation and Treatment. Maros Funerary Differentiation: Grave Offerings. Social Analysis: Mortuary Symbolism and Social Differentiation at Mokrin. Symbolism and Differentiation across the Maros Villages. The Maros Group and the Early Bronze Age in the Eastern Carpathian Basin. Concluding Remarks. Index.