Reich beschenkt ins Jenseits. Kinderbestattungen aus dem latènezeitlichen Fundplatz Basel-Gasfabrik

Pichler, Sandra and Rissanen, Hannele and Niederhäuser, Andreas. (2017) Reich beschenkt ins Jenseits. Kinderbestattungen aus dem latènezeitlichen Fundplatz Basel-Gasfabrik. KGS Forum, 28. pp. 11-17.

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The Basel-Gasfabrik late La Tène period site (around 150 to 80 BC), which is listed in the Protection of Cultural Property Inventory as an archaeological site of national importance, is among Switzerland’s most important Celtic archaeological sites dating from the late Iron Age. The central site was an important centre for trade and production, with long distance contacts extending as far as the Mediterranean area. In the site's cemeteries A and B a high infant mortality rate is revealed: over 60% of children died before the age of 14, probably as a result of infectious disease. Yet even though the under 4 year-olds were especially affected, they were also more likely to be buried with grave goods (and more numerous ones) than adults. Among other things, 120 blue glass beads were found in the grave of an approximately 9-month-old baby. The necklace they belonged to had never been worn in life. An infant who died at about 18 months was found with a silver obol in its mouth, a custom that was seldom practiced in Switzerland. The grave of a disabled child of about 5 years of age contained the richest furnishings by far of both cemeteries: it was buried with both child- and adult-sized objects. The diversity and intensely personal nature of the children’s grave goods reflect the devotion and appreciation parents had for their children in spite of the high infant mortality. The graves also provide insights into the roles of young people and the integration of children in Iron Age society.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Integrative Prähistorische und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA)
UniBasel Contributors:Pichler, Sandra L and Rissanen, Eeva Hannele
Item Type:Article
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz, Kulturgüterschutz
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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