Work at the Békés Jégvermi-kert is allowing us to assess variation in health, nutrition, regional background, rituals, and access to trade of communities in the Körös region, a crossroads for products and people from the Balkans, the Russian Steppe, and Central Europe. Bronze Age cemeteries often show strong inequalities in access to exotics such as bronze, gold, and fine ceramics. Differences in funerary ritual, such as the treatment of the body and the location of the grave, often correspond to religious tradition, rank, and clan. We have excavated 42 graves to far, most of which contain cremated bodies in ceramic funerary urns. Small vessels are commonly included with the deceased, and occasionally bronze bracelets are found with the dead.
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