CHILDREN OF THE GERMANI IN THE MID-DANUBIAN BASIN. ANALYSIS OF INFANT AND JUVENILE BURIALS (Deti stredodunajskych Germanov. Analyza hrobov deti a mladistvych)
Based on available archaeological, written and iconographic sources, the article gives a picture of Germanic infants and juveniles. Here are analysed the Germanic burials of children and immature individuals in the mid-Danubian region from the 1st to 4th cent. BC. The territory under study comprises southwest Slovakia, Moravia and Lower Austria. Graves with anthropological classification of skeletal remains - infants, juveniles or individuals at the turn of infants/juveniles were included into the analyses. The territory under study provided us with 120 graves of infants and juveniles, 115 of them were cremation and 5 inhumation burials. In one case a common grave of a child and juvenile was excavated, in three other cases children were buried with adult individuals. Graves from settlements are presented in the article as well and grave goods are comparable with those from graves situated on necropolises. Grave equipment is confronted with age of deceased children, their evolutionary stage and specificities. Special attention is paid to clothing fittings, occurrence of weapons and artefacts of everyday use in children's burials. Cases, when an individual of juvenile or juvenile/adult age could be a parent, i.e. could have own children, can occur among the juvenile burials.
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