Pochówek konia i szczątki zwierząt z wczesnośredniowiecznego cmentarzyska w Jordanowie, woj. lubuskie
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HORSE BURIAL AND ANIMAL REMAINS FROM THE EARLY MEDIEVAL CEMETERY IN JORDANOWO, LUBUSKIE VOIVODESHIP
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Salvage excavations on site 7 in Jordanowo revealed among others the remains of an inhumation cemetery from the 12th century. Accompanying features in the form of a horse burial and a hoard of silver coins represented pagan rites. The intentionally deposited animal remains accompanied five female burials. An almost complete horse skeleton was found in situ in feature E11 on the eastern fringes of the cemetery. The animal’s height at the withers was determined as being 138-139 cm. A horse burial of Early Medieval date was also noted at Dziekanowice (11th century). In both cases the animals were mature males (the horse from Dziekanowice was much older than that from Jordanowo); no grave furnishings or elements of the horse tackle were found. Distal phalanges were observed to be missing in both cases: from the front legs in Dziekanowice (M. Makowiecka, D. Makowiecki 1998) and from the back legs (third phalanx) in Jordanowo.
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