On selection in “common hoards”. The Szajla hoard and some related finds from Late Bronze Age Carpathian Basin
1 – Department of Archaeology, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, Hungary
In: M. S. Przybyła, K. Dzięgielewski (eds.), Chasing Bronze Age rainbows. Studies on hoards and related phenomena in prehistoric Europe in honour of Wojciech Blajer, Prace Archeologiczne 69, Kraków: Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University / Profil-Archeo, 2019, pp. 273-347.
Abstract: The article seeks to provide a case study for the analysis of object selection within Carpathian hoards. At the focal point of the study stands a Late Bronze Age hoard from Szajla (Hungary, Heves County), formerly known as “Terpes”. The assemblage consists of ten objects: one spearhead, eight socketed axes and one double-axe ingot (pane a piccone) which were deposited in a ceramic pot. These finds have been analysed thoroughly by the aid of macroscopic observations and the typo-chronological method, allowing us to characterize the selection of objects from biographical and chronological point of view. Besides the Szajla hoard, typologically related artefacts and assemblages from Slovakia (Blatná Polianka, Nitra County) and Hungary (Neszmély, Szentes-Nagyhegy), as examples for certain hoarding or technological phenomena, have also been discussed.
Key words: Late Bronze Age, Ha B1, Carpathian Basin, hoarding, selection, object biography, use-wear, typo-chronology