Armament and Society in the Mirror of the Avar Archaelogy The Transdanubia-Phenomenon Revisited

Csiky, Gergely (2011) Armament and Society in the Mirror of the Avar Archaelogy The Transdanubia-Phenomenon Revisited. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference Interethnic Relations in Transylvania. Militaria Mediaevalia in Central and South Eastern Europe. Sibiu, October 14th-17th, 2010. Studia Universitatis Cibinensis Series Historica (8). ,,Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu Publishing House, Sibiu, pp. 9-34.


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One of the most significant problems of the A var archaeology is the question of Germanic (mainly Gepidic) continuity in Transdanubia. In my paper I would like to make some comments on the so-called Transdanubia-phenomenon of the Early A var Carpathian Basin based on the analysis of weapon-combinations found in six cemeteries of Eastern Transdanubia. I intend to answer the following questions: I. How far the weapon-combinations of the East-Transdanubian cemeteries of the early Avar Period (568-650) are identical or similar to the general picture of Avar armament drawn by contemporary cemeteries? 2. Are the weapon-combinations or armament of these cemeteries similar to that of the earlier Gepidic and Langobardic sites from the early 6th centuries or to the contemporary Germanic (Alemannic, Frank or Bavarian) cemeteries of the present-day Germany? As a result, the early A var cemeteries of Transdanubia are characterized by the relatively high number of close-combat weapons compared to other sites of the Avar Khaganate. However, comparing to Merovingian sites the burials containing only close-combat weapons are very low and in most of the cases the weapon-combinations characteristic to this culture is missing.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History / történeti segédtudományok > CC Archaeology / régészet
Depositing User: Ágnes Kolláth
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 09:33
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2013 05:27

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