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The ‘Keltenblock’ project: discovery and excavation of a rich Hallstatt grave at the Heuneburg, Germany

  • Dirk Krausse (a1), Nicole Ebinger-Rist (a1), Sebastian Million (a1), André Billamboz (a1), Joachim Wahl (a1) and Elisabeth Stephan (a1)...

A richly furnished grave of an elite woman from the Hallstatt period was discovered close to the Heuneburg, the earliest proto-urban settlement north of the Alps. Dendrochronological analysis of timbers from the grave chamber dates the burial to 583 BC, the earliest of a series of such burials north of the Alps and a key anchor in the absolute chronology of the Early Iron Age in Europe. The woman was adorned with gold, bronze, jet and amber jewellery; gold filigree objects, amber fibulae and items of horse-head armour suggest close connections south of the Alps. An infant female burial close to the main grave included gold jewellery made for a child but similar to that of the woman.

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A. Billamboz 2014. Dendroarchaeology and cockchafers north of the Alps: regional patterns of a middle frequency signal in oak tree-ring series. Environmental Archaeology 19: 114–23.

M. Fernandez-Götz & D. Krausse . 2013. Rethinking Early Iron Age urbanisation in Central Europe: the Heuneburg site and its archaeological environment. Antiquity 87: 473–87.

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  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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