The Mortuary Archaeology of the Medieval Banat (10th – 14th centuries) Silviu Oţa highlights the interactions between different ethnic groups as reflected in burial customs and funerary practices. The book will deal with the Banat as a whole (as opposed to the Romanian, Serbian or Hungarian parts of the region) since the modern political borders are not identical with the cultural boundaries in the Middle Ages. On a more general level, the goal of this book is to analyse the social dynamics in the region. The author rejects the idea that any of the "archaeological cultures" identified in the Banat (e.g. the Bjelo Brdo culture) may be associated with any single ethnic group.
Winner of the 2016 George Bariţiu Prize from the Romanian Academy for outstanding contribution to the development of Romanian culture and science in the area of history and archaeology. The prize, named after the towering figure of George Bariţiu (1812-1893) in nineteenth-century Romanian political and cultural life and former president of the Academy, is awarded for originality of the work, its contribution to its field, and its impact at the national level of the field development.
Silviu Oţa, Ph.D. (2004), National Museum of History, Romania, is archaeologist at that museum. He has published many studies on medieval cemeteries, Byzantine jewelry, Turkic communities in the Banat.
List of Illustrations…viii
List of Map Sites…xvi
1 Introduction: The State of Current Research on the Banat between the 10th and the 14th Century…1
2 The History of the Banat between the 10th and the 14th Century According to the Written Sources…18
3 Burial Customs in the Banat (10th–14th Centuries) …46
4 Grave Good Typology…111
5 Burial Horizons in the Medieval Banat…171