Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Beaker Days on Danube 2014" Conference (Bratislava & Vienna)

Dvořák & Matějíčková gave a Power Point presentation on the Moravian (Czech R.) Beaker excavations at last week's "Beaker Days" conference.

"Bell Beaker Culture in Moravia: 30 questions, 30 answers, 30 pieces of evidence"

Slide 22, Dvořák & Matějíčková et al, 2014

Hoštice-I is the largest Bell Beaker cemetery in Europe, or at least, has the most excavated individual graves at around 157 (from the paper).  As you click through the Q&A slideshow, the presenters make it known that there is clear and detailed cultural continuity/contact with Beaker groups throughout the Atlantic.

I'll keep comments brief...

The most common Beaker graves at Hostice-I are the cist graves and mini-ditched enclosures.

Slide 11, Dvořák & Matějíčková et al, 2014

These mini-enclosures in Hoštice-I were built around the graves of some men, kind of like little chapels or mausoleums.

Slide 13, Dvořák & Matějíčková et al, 2014

Here's what Dvorak and Matejickova think the burial enclosures likely looked like:

Excerpt from Slide 14 (modified), Dvořák & Matějíčková et al, 2014

There was also a presentation on boar's tusk.  I'm very interested in what the presenter had to say, and I'll share as soon as I get it.


  1. Quite informative. I made a synthetic map trying to reflect the relations of this group in the wider Late Chalcolithic era:

    Feel free to reuse if you find interesting.

  2. I always appreciate a good data map look forward to seeing it. Thanks for linking,