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German Research Foundation permits Research Project about Chamber Grave in Slovakia from the Migration Period

German Research Foundation permits Research Project about Chamber Grave in Slovakia from the Migration Period

Chamber grave of Poprad

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved an application for the research project “The chamber grave of Migration Period at Poprad, Slovakia – an interdisciplinary research project for evaluation of an extraordinary find”.

The project is to last three years starting this year. Its aim is to study the well-preserved chamber grave at Poprad-Matejovce (c. 400 AD) from north-eastern Slovakia by means of archaeological and scientific methods of analysis.

The grave was excavated in 2006 and is distinguished by a complete wooden grave-construction consisting of an outer grave chamber built as a log construction and a sarcophagus-like inner grave chamber. However, the preservation conditions for organic material allow drawing a coherent picture of the furnishings including wooden furniture, textiles and leather. In spite of grave robbing, some grave goods pointing to a high social status of the buried person have survived

The planned scientific analyses include dendrochronology, radiocarbon dating, strontium isotope analyses, anthropological and archaeozoological examinations of human and animal bones as well as DNA-analyses, archaeobotanical studies and special analyses of textiles and leather. These as well as interpretations of information about location and arrangement of the grave goods, remains of the body, and structural elements of the burial chambers in the geographic information system, 3-D models, the archaeological analysis of the finds, the burial rite and the find context will lead to a detailed picture of the grave reconstruction, the furnishing and grave goods as well as the chronological burial process.

Dr Nina Lau alongside several other scholars from Slovakia, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Hungary are involved in the project.

The concluding results of the research project are to be presented in a monograph in 2015.

 

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