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Chamber graves in the Barbaricum

On Influences and Transitional Phenomena from the Pre-Roman Iron Age to the Migration Period


International conference
Schleswig, 25–27 November, 2010

Angelika Abegg-Wigg/Nina Lau (eds), Kammergräber im Barbaricum. Zu Einflüssen und Übergangsphänomenen von der vorrömischen Eisenzeit bis in die Völkerwanderungszeit (Chamber graves in the Barbaricum. On Influences and Transitional Phenomena from the Pre-Roman Iron Age to the Migration Period) in Schriften des Archäologischen Landesmuseums Ergänzungsreihe Band 9 (Publications of the State Archaeological Museum, Volume 9), published by Wachholtz Verlag, Neumünster/Hamburg 2014, 448 pages, ISBN 978 3 529 01879 4

Lavishly furnished burial chambers are a striking phenomenon among the burial customs of the 1st to 4th centuries AD in central and northern Europe. The current archaeological research on these graves is presented in a publication that appeared in April 2014, in which further chamber graves dating to as late as the 6th century are also considered. The geographical area stretches from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Britain, Germany, Poland and Slovakia to the Czech Republic and Hungary. Some chamber graves were already excavated in the 19th century but new information has come, above all, from well-preserved grave structures that have been discovered recently and archaeologically documented in detail.

The two editors, Dr Angelika Abegg-Wigg and Dr Nina Lau, point out that this volume provides a compact overall review of the origins and development of burials in chamber graves. Angelika Abegg-Wigg, curator at the State Archaeological Museum, and Nina Lau, research associate at the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, had organised the international conference on the subject at Schloss Gottorf in 2010. The papers presented then are thus now available in print.

This publication is Volume 9 in the series entitled  Schriften des Archäologischen Landesmuseums Ergänzungsreihe. It contains papers by 24 authors, in German and English, together with numerous illustrations, some in colour.

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