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H 290 x W 205 mm

158 pages

84 figures, 4 tables (colour throughout)

Published Apr 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789699722

Digital: 9781789699739

DOI 10.32028/9781789699722

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Croatia; Bronze Age; Cemetery; Landscape; Skill; Performance; Marginality

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Mediating Marginality: Mounds, Pots and Performances at the Bronze Age Cemetery of Purić-Ljubanj, Eastern Croatia

By Sandy Budden-Hoskins, Andreja Malovoz, Mu-Chun Wu, Lisa Waldock

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This study draws on eight years of excavation and survey at the newly discovered Bronze Age Cemetery of Purić-Ljubanj in the county of Vukovar-Syrmia in eastern Croatia.



Preface ;

Introduction ;

Chapter 1: Research History, Survey and Excavation Strategy at Purić-Ljubanj ;

Chapter 2: Placing Purić-Ljubanj in its Local and Regional Context ;

Chapter 3: Pottery Assemblages and Burial Features at Purić-Ljubanj ;

Chapter 4: Translating Geology, Resources, and Redistributed Materials into Skill and Performance ;

Chapter 5: Scales of performance at Purić-Ljubanj: assembling the cemetery, the landscape, and the dead ;

Chapter 6: Mediating Marginality ;

References ;


About the Author

Sandy Budden-Hoskins attained her BA, MA and PhD at the University of Southampton after many years working as a professional potter. She has 20 years experience working in Central Europe, specialising in analyses of Bronze Age ceramics. A Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship led directly to the Purić-Ljubanj project. Sandy worked with National Taiwan University to establish a clearer understanding of indigenous Paiwan pottery. Her publications relate to the role of skill and society in the Bronze Age. ;

Andreja Malovoz gained an MA in archaeology and a second MA in archaeological computing from Gothenberg University in 2004 and 2005. She became curator for archaeology at the Stjepan Gruber Museum in Županja in 2006 and defended her doctoral thesis at Heidelberg University in 2019. Andreja has worked with a number of museums in setting up both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Her publications interrogate the nature of landscape construction as a social phenomenon in the Bronze Age. ;

Mu-Chun Wu (PhD) is an assistant professor in archaeological computing (spatial technologies) at the Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University. His core interests are social identity, spatial analysis, computing and landscape. ;

Lisa Waldock, BA, MA, ACifA currently works for Minerva Archaeology as an assistant project officer. Lisa loves the exploration of historic buildings, heritage and community-led archaeology and is a professional illustrator.


'The book is beautifully illustrated, incorporating a site report as well as an exploration into the wider landscape of the county of Vukovar-Syrmia. It highlights a previously unknown distinct cultural group that lived in the margins of well-studied groups around them.' – Marion Uckelmann (2024): Antiquity Vol. 98