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14C Dating of “Brandgrubengräber” from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period in Western Flanders (Belgium)

Guy De Mulder, Mark Van Strydonck, Wim De Clercq


A Brandgrubengrab entails a specific way of depositing human remains whereby the cremated remains of the deceased and other remnants of the funeral pyre, such as charcoal and burnt objects, are jointly deposited onto the bottom of a pit. This type of burial became increasingly popular during the Late Iron Age and the Roman period, when it was the main basic funerary structure used in western Flanders. In recent years, more attention has been paid to establishing a more precise chronology for these funerary structures by applying radiocarbon dating. A set of 40 14C dates obtained from samples originating from small cemeteries and isolated cremations now offers new insights in the development of this specific cremation burial ritual.

DOI: 10.2458/azu_js_rc.55.16386

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