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25 The Bodzia Cemetery in Light of the Interdisciplinary Research

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The earlier Bodzia cemetery reveals an intentionally designed spatial arrangement which allows it to be treated as a coherent whole. The spatial and structural organizations of the cemetery at Bodzia distinguish it from other contemporary cemeteries. Some coffin boxes were covered with linen fabric, which is a characteristic feature of the burial rites on the site in that period. In the cemetery of Bodzia, there are graves which have most of the typical features of chamber graves, such as a large rectangular burial pits, lined walls, coffin boxes or posts in the corners that probably supported a roof. The questions of who the people buried at the cemetery at Bodzia were and what function they fulfilled in the structure of the Early Piast state are the most difficult to answer, but also the most essential for understanding the wider implications of this cemetery.

Keywords: Bodzia cemetery; burial rites; chamber graves; Early Piast state; linen fabric

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