Clay Symbols from an Early Iron Age Cemetery in Moravičany



Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Das nördliche Karpatenbecken in der Hallstattzeit. Wirtschaft, Handel und Kommunikation in fru¨heisenzeitlichen Gesellschaften zwischen Ostalpen und Westpannonien
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords Early Iron Age; clay symbol; micro-petrographic analysis; Platěnice culture; solar symbolism
Description The paper deals with small clay objects with a central spike depicting solar symbols (a cross in a circle, swastika and triquetra), that were found in a chamber grave in the cemetery of the Platěnice culture in Moravičany (Šumperk district, Czech Republic). In the article, the symbolism and function as well as the origin of these rare clay objects are discussed. Based on results of micro-petrographic analysis of one of the clay symbols and typical pottery of the Platěnice culture, we can assume that it was not the clay symbols themselves that were distributed, but the idea of them.