HLAVICA, Michal, Jan PETŘÍK, Lubomír PROKEŠ and Klára ŠABATOVÁ. Evaluation of Phosphate Analysis and the Brongers Method of Detecting Decomposed Wood, Human Tissue and Organic Goods in a Bell Beaker Grave at Těšetice-Kyjovice, Czech Republic. Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica – Natural Sciences in Archaeology (IANSA). Olomouc: Archeological Centre Olomouc, 2011, č. 2, roč. 2, p. 85-94. ISSN 1804-848X.
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Original name Evaluation of Phosphate Analysis and the Brongers Method of Detecting Decomposed Wood, Human Tissue and Organic Goods in a Bell Beaker Grave at Těšetice-Kyjovice, Czech Republic
Authors HLAVICA, Michal (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution), Jan PETŘÍK (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution), Lubomír PROKEŠ (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution) and Klára ŠABATOVÁ (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution).
Edition Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica – Natural Sciences in Archaeology (IANSA), Olomouc, Archeological Centre Olomouc, 2011, 1804-848X.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Country of publisher Czech Republic
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14210/11:00050557
Organization unit Faculty of Arts
Keywords in English Bell Beaker Grave; Funerary Rite; Grave Construction; Geochemical Soil Analyses; GIS; Spatial Analysis
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Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: Mgr. Michal Hlavica, Ph.D., učo 178604. Changed: 16. 2. 2016 09:07.
Abstract
Investigations of a Bell Beaker grave were conducted at Těšetice-Kyjovice in Moravia, and included a trial of a geochemical phosphate analysis and Brongers method for detecting decomposed wood. The grave was well-equipped, comprising a chamber, skeleton and surrounded by a trough. The aim of this paper is to provide an interpretation of anthropogenic phosphates in the grave, their relation to the skeleton, a description of an application of Brongers method and comments on the outcomes. Through the use of the GIS approach, the geochemical methods have a more logical structure which improves burial rite research. The authors are of the opinion that the body was deposited into the grave chamber before soft tissue decomposition due to phosphate accumulation recognized under the skeleton. A second accumulation of phosphates is in all probability related to organic grave goods. Brongers method identified the features at the 40 cm level and provided a more complete picture of the features identified at 110 cm and 140 cm. The features recorded are thought to be the remains of a wood structure along the chamber wall, a divider wall or a top cover. The authors tested this method, which had only been sporadically used in the Czech Republic. The geochemical approach provided relevant results for a thorough interpretation of an archaeological context which is not recognizable through the naked eye.
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GD404/09/H020, research and development projectName: Moravskoslezská škola archeologických doktorských studií II
Investor: Czech Science Foundation, Moravian-Silesian School of Archeological Doctorate Studies II
MSM0021622427, plan (intention)Name: Interdisciplinární centrum výzkumů sociálních struktur pravěku až vrcholného středověku. Archeologický terénní a teoretický výzkum, využití přírodních věd, metodologie a informatika, ochrana kulturního dědictví
Investor: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR
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