Palaeomobility at the Urnfield burial site Přáslavice (Moravia, Czech Republic)

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Přáslavice is a large Late Bronze Age burial site located in the Olomouc district of the modern Czech
Republic. Containing 106 graves – of which 48 are cremations, the cemetery is associated with a small
village about 270m away, dating to the Middle and Late Bronze Ages (Tumulus and Urnfield cultures).
Previous archaeological and anthropological investigation of the site has revealed some interesting
observations. To better understand the social organization at Přáslavice, this study presents strontium
isotope measurements from 32 cremated burials. In addition, modern plant samples from 65 localities across
Moravia and Czech Silesia are also analysed in order to provide the first bioavailable Sr baseline map of
the region.
These data has allowed us to address important questions concerning the palaeomobility of individuals
buried at Přáslavice: 1) were mobility patterns of individuals belonging to different burial groups different?
2) did subadults and adults have different mobility patterns? 3) was there a temporal pattern in land use at
the site? Our preliminary results have provided new insights into the complexity and dynamism of Tumulus
and Urnfield societies, as well as demonstrating the promising potential of coupling anthropological and
geochemical information in answering archaeological questions at Přáslavice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCremations in Archaeology conference 2022 Abstract Book
PublisherCremations in Archaeology Conference 2022
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2022
EventCIA 2022: Cremations in Archaeology - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 25 Oct 202228 Oct 2022


ConferenceCIA 2022


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