THE EARLY IRON AGE ELITE AND THEIR SEAT IN THE SOUTH WEST POLAND. A CASE STUDY OF THE MILEJOWICE SITE 19, WROCLAW DISTRICT
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The paper discusses the emergence of elite within the Early Iron Age society in south western Poland taking under consideration evidence from recently Sleszów and analogy from adjacent regions (Bohemian new discovered fortified courtyard - 'Herrensitz' Opatovice nad Labem), as well as the just unearthed burial area in Silesia with richly furnished chamber graves (Domaslaw, Wroclaw district) support the authors view of visible deep social transformations and emergence of aristocracy in south western Poland, especially in the Hallstatt C period. New archaeological finds allow seeing that the discussed elite absorb cultural influences from the east via mid-Danube and from the south through the Alpine passes and adapt the Mediterranean ideas to its own social needs. In the conclusion the authors suggest that discussed region of Poland in the light of recent discoveries can be recognized not only as highly influenced by the Hallstatt culture but as a province of it.
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