Fragmenting the Chieftain – Catalogue: Late Bronze and Early Iron Age elite burials in the Low Countries [Paperback]

Sasja Van der Vaart-Verschoof(Author)

ISBN: 9789088905148 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Series: Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities | Volume: 15. Part 2 | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 330p, H11 x W8.3, 126 full color; 37 b&w
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Fragmenting the Chieftain – Catalogue


There is a cluster of Early Iron Age (800–500 BC) elite burials in the Low Countries in which bronze vessels, weaponry, horse-gear and wagons were interred as grave goods. Mostly imports from Central Europe, these objects are found brought together in varying configurations in cremation burials generally known as chieftains’ graves or princely burials. In terms of grave goods they resemble the Fürstengräber of the Hallstatt Culture of Central Europe, with famous Dutch and Belgian examples being the Chieftain’s grave of Oss, the wagon-grave of Wijchen, and the elite cemetery of Court-St-Etienne.
The majority of the Dutch and Belgian burials were found several decades to several centuries ago and context information tends to be limited. They also tend to be published in Dutch or French or otherwise difficult to access publications. This research went back to the original reports and studied the objects found in these graves in detail. This generated new evidence-based insights and interpretations into these exceptional burials and allowed for the reconstruction of the individual burial rituals. Fragmenting the Chieftain – Catalogue presents the first comprehensive overview of the Dutch and Belgian elite graves (in English) and the objects they contain.
The results of an in-depth, practice-based archaeological analysis of the Dutch and Belgian elite graves and the burial practice through which they were created can be found in Fragmenting the Chieftain: A practice-based study of Early Iron Age Hallstatt C elite burials in the Low Countries.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Terminology and typology
3. Revealing restorations
4. Baarlo
5. Basse-Wavre
6. Court-St-Etienne
7. Darp-Bisschopsberg
8. Ede-Bennekom
9. Flobecq-Pottelberg Tombelle 78
10. Gedinne-Chevaudos
11. Haps grave 190
12. Harchies-Maison Cauchies
13. Havré
14. Heythuizen-Bisschop
15. Hofstade-Kasteelstraat Sp. 16
16. Horst-Hegelsom
17. La Plantée des Dames
18. Leesten-Meijerink grave 1
19. Limal-Morimoine
20. Lommel-Kattenbos Tombelle 20
21. Louette-St-Pierre Fosse-Aux-Morts
22. Maastricht-Heer
23. Meerlo
24. Meppen
25. Neerharen-Rekem tombe 72
26. Oss-Vorstengraf
27. Oss-Zevenbergen
28. Rhenen-Koerheuvel
29. Someren-Kraayenstark
30. Someren-Philipscamping
31. Stoquoy Tombelle 5
32. Uden-Slabroek
33. Venlo
34. Weert-Boshoverheide
35. Wijchen


Appendix 1. Hallstatt period textile finds from the Netherlands
Appendix 2. Inventory Chieftain’s grave of Oss through three restorations

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