Burial

Forming Idendities in a Transitional Area


Dolina, Late Bronze Age tumulus with the contemporary graveyard; pottery set from tumulus 6, grave 2 (© Institute of Archaeology, Zagreb)

For the most parts of Southeast Europe, the awareness of the group identification is to the present day strongly connected with the dominant collective identity of ethnic group as a persistent and impenetrable community with cultural and biological continuity within certain territory. This, for obvious reasons, hazardous concept was consequently adopted also for the non-written societies in the past by using their material culture, foremost burials and specific grave belongings (jewellery, weapons), as a prime source of the distinction.

In contrast to this unilateral and static model of ancient societies, the archaeological remains from the new investigated cemetery and settlement in Dolina, Croatia as well as from neighbouring sites in Bosnia and Croatia are providing different and innovative approach to the questions of identity. Large diversity of the burial customs and funeral objects are indicating that group identification needs rather to be understood as overlapping, multifaceted and dynamic construct.

Within the scope of the proposed programme the detailed analysis and interpretation of the archaeological features from the excavations in Dolina is supplemented with the input from cultural anthropology and natural science methods (geomagnetic, radiocarbon dating, petrography and chemical analysis of pottery and bronze objects). 


Publications


  • M. Gavranović, A. Jašarević, Neue Funde der Spätbronzezeit aus Nordbosnien, Prilozi Instituta za Arheologiju u Zagrebu 33, 2016, 135–178.
  • M. Gavranović, Ladies first? Female burials of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age from Bosnia − chronology and cultural affiliation. In: V. Sirbu, M. Jevtić, K. Dmitrović, M. Ljuština (eds.), Funerary Practices during the Bronze and the Iron Ages in the Central and Southeast Europe. Proceedings of the 14th International Colloquium of Funerary Archeology in Čačak, Serbia, 24–27 September 2015. Beograd – Čačak, 2016, 91–109.
  • M. Gavranović, Zwischen Glaube und Prestige – mediterrane Importe in der westbalkanischen Früheisenzeit, in: M. Gediga, A. Grossman, W. Piotrowks (eds.), Europa w okresie od VII eieku przed narodzeniem Chrystuse do I wieku naszej ery, Archäologisches Musuem in Biskupin, Biskupiner Archäologische Arbeiten 11, Biskupin – Wrocław 2016, 123–146.
  • M. Gavranović, A. Sejfuli, Unpublizierte Bronzefunde aus dem Lašvatal in Zentralbosnien, Godišnjak Centra za balkanološka ispitivanja 44, 2016, 67–94.
  • D. Ložnjak-Dizdar, M. Gavranović, Across the River. The cemetery in Dolina and new aspects of the late Urnfield culture in Croatian Posavina and Northern Bosnia. Archaeologia Austriaca 97–98, 2014, 13–32.

forthcoming

  • D. Loznjak-Dizdar, M. Mihaljević, M. Gavranovic, Babine grede in Dolina - reserach of a Late Bronze Age settlement in Posavina in 2016, Annales Instituti Archaeologici XIII.
  • M. Gavranović, D. Ložnjak-Dizdar, To burn or bot to burn - inhumation versus cremation at the end of Bronze Age between southern Carpathian Basin and northwestern Balkan, in: J. Kneisel, O. Nakoinz (eds.), Proceeding of International Open Workshop „Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes IV“ 24th–27th March 2015, Kiel University, Germany.
  • M. Gavranović, No group, no people? Archeological record and creation of the groups in the western Balkans, in: S. Gimatzidis, M. Pieniążek, S. Votruba (eds.), Archaeology across Frontiers and Borderlands. Fragmentation and Connectivity in the North Aegean and the Central Balkans from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age, Proceedings of European association of Archaeologists 20th Annual Meeting 10th–14th September 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • M. Gavranović, Überregionale Netzwerke und lokale Distribution. Verteilungsmuster einiger Bronzeobjekte im westlichen Balkan während der jüngeren und späten Urnenfelderzeit, in: D. Ložnjak-Dizdar, M. Dizdar (eds.), Late Urnfield Culture between the Eastern Alps and the Danube, Proceedings of the International Conference in Zagreb.


Lectures


2017

  • New absolute dates for the Late Bronze Age in the Central Balkans and some indications for local bronze metallurgy (together with A. Bulatović and A. Kapuran). Searching for Gold. Resources and Networks in the Bronze Age of the Eastern Balkans, 8th – 10th June 2016, Vienna, Austria (9.6.2017).
  • Late Bronze Age metallurgy in the western Balkan – innovations and social impact. Oxford School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, Great Britain (10.4.2017).

2016

  • Late Bronze Age burials in Bosnia: rites, structures and identity traits. Let the dead speak for the living: Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Burials in Southeast Europe-theoretical perspectives on Balkan archaeology, International Conference (Urnfield Talks), 30th November-2nd December, Vienna, Austria (1.12.2016).
  • The Early Iron Age in Central Bosnia – overview and research perspectives. Perspectives on Balkan Archeology – The Early Iron Age: Methods and Approaches, 8th–9th April 2016, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (8.4.2016)

2015

  • Ladies first? Female burials of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age from Bosnia − chronology and cultural affiliation.  Funerary Practices during the Bronze and the Iron Ages in the Central and Southeast Europe. 24th–27th September, National Museum Čačak, Serbia (25.9.2015)
  • Neue Forschungen zur Spätbronzezeit in Bosnien: Stand und Perspektiven. Institute of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology, University of Vienna, Austria (21.4.2015)
  • To burn or not to burn. Inhumation versus cremation at the End of the Bronze Age in southern Carpathian Basin (together with D. Ložnjak-Dizdar). International Open Workshop „Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes IV“, 24–27 March 2015. Kiel University, Germany (25.3.2015).