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Družbena struktura in grobni rituali železnodobne skupnosti
Social structure and burial rites of the Iron Age community


Magdalenska gora near Šmarje-Sap in the Dolenjska region is one of the most important Early Iron Age sites in the south-eastern Alps. The finds and preserved grave groups from its tumulus cemeteries, which are kept in several museums in different countries (Narodni muzej Slovenije, Ljubljana; Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien; Peabody Museum of Harvard University in Cambridge, USA), give a good insight into the cultural and social processes of the time. Together with notes on the circumstances of find and contents of graves, they represent a valuable source for the study of social structure and differentiation, as well as cultural identity. The book includes analyses of cemetery layout and development, structure of burials within tumuli, outfit of the deceased and other grave goods, which speak about the changes in the costume and customs that took place in the roughly five centuries of the community’s existence. It sheds light on the relicts of the Urnfield cultural tradition in this Early Iron Age community, on the contacts with other cultural milieus and on its place within the trade-exchange network between the Apennine Peninsula, the eastern Alps and western Pannonia. Two last chapters are dedicated to the development dynamics of the Magdalenska gora community, its place and role within the settlement pattern of the Early Iron Age Dolenjska, its social organization, family-kin and military hierarchy, as well as to the cult and religious sphere.


2012, (Opera Instituti Archaeologici Sloveniae, 26), 440 pp., 137 colour and 4 b-w photos, graphs, tables and maps, 20 x 29 cm, hardcover, ISBN 978-961-254-400-3.

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