Fragmenting the Chieftain
A practice-based study of Early Iron Age Hallstatt C elite burials in the Low CountriesSeries:
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Fragmenting the Chieftain presents the results of an in-depth and practice-based archaeological analysis of the Dutch and Belgian elite graves and the burial practice through which they were created. It was established that the elite burials are embedded in the local burial practices – as reflected by the use of the cremation rite, the bending and breaking of grave goods, and the pars pro toto deposition of human remains and objects, all in accordance with the dominant local urnfield burial practice. It appears that those individuals interred with wagons and related items warranted a more elaborate funerary rite, most likely because these ceremonial and cosmologically charged vehicles marked their owners out as exceptional individuals. Furthermore, in a few graves the configuration of the grave good set, the use of textiles to wrap grave goods and the dead and the reuse of burial mounds show the influence of individuals familiar with Hallstatt Culture burial customs.
A comprehensive overview of the Dutch and Belgian graves can be found in the accompanying Fragmenting the Chieftain – Catalogue: Late Bronze and Early Iron Age elite burials in the Low Countries.
2. Theoretical framework: identifying elites and their graves
3. Dating elite burials
4. The elite burials: presenting the dataset
5. The (development of the) elite burial practice
6. How grave goods were used and interpreted
8. Final reflections and questions for the future
Summary (English and Dutch)
Appendix 1. Abbreviations
Appendix 2. Summary overview of objects in Catalogue, per find category
"The volume brings much information on graves of the Ha C elites of the Low Countries and some paths towards their understanding, so it should be welcomed." ~Ancient West & East