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At the End of Great Moravia: Skeletons from the Second Church Cemetery at Pohansko-Břeclav (9th–10th Century A.D.)

Vladimír Sládek and Jirí Machácek
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254pp. Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. Includes 20 black and white figures, 40 pp of black and white illustrations in appendix, 10 pp of colour illustrations in appendix.
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This monograph summarizes the first anthropological survey of human skeletons excavated at the 2nd church cemetery in Pohansko-Břeclav (Czech Republic). The cemetery was discovered in 2006 in a north-eastern suburb of Pohansko and represents one of the key pieces of evidence about changes in human society at the end of the Great Moravian Empire (9th-10th century), when Early Medieval societies transformed into a new political organization. The monograph provides a summary of the preservation, paleodemographic assessments and paleopathology of the adult and non-adult skeletons with respect to new developments in techniques for assessing age at death, sex, stature and body mass from the Early Medieval skeletal material. Also provided are detailed preservation and osteometric data for further application in bioarchaeology, skeletal anthropology and archaeology.

Vladimír Sládek (born in 1969 in Brno, Czech Republic) is an associate professor at Charles University in Prague. He obtained a PhD degree at University of Bordeaux (2000). His research is focused on human evolution, postcranial variation in Holocene humans, paleodemographic assessments and human taphonomy. Jiří Macháček (born 1971 in Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic) is a full professor at Masaryk University Brno and Head of the Department of Archaeology and Museology. He has published on medieval archaeology and computer applications in archaeology. He is the recipient of an Otto Gründler Travel Award (WMU Kalamazoo).

Contributors: Margit Berner is a curator and scientist at the Department of Anthropology at the Natural History Museum in Vienna and also teaches at the University of Vienna. Her main fields of research and publications include osteology, paleopathology, biomechanical analysis of prehistoric skeletons, history of anthropology and museology. Martin Hora (born 1983 in Slaný, Czech Republic) is a PhD student at the Department of Anthropology and Human Genetics, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague. He studies locomotion and manipulation in past human populations using motion analysis of living people, biomechanical modelling and past human skeletons. Eliška Makajevová (born 1987 in Most, Czech Republic) is a PhD student of Anthropology at Charles University in Prague (thesis title: The effect of footwear use in human bipedal locomotion: foot morphology and biomechanics). She is interested in human locomotion, human osteology and paleodemographic assessments. Renáta P?ichystalová holds a master's degree in Archaeology and History (1999) and a PhD degree in Archaeology (2012) from Masaryk University in Brno. She is a member of the Pohansko research team and focuses on funeral archaeology; she has studied several early medieval burial grounds (Břeclav-Pohansko - southern suburb, Olomouc - Nemilany). Veronika Sabolová (born 1990 in Vranov nad Topľou, Slovakia) is a full-time PhD student in the Bone Tissue Anthropology Laboratory at Charles University in Prague. Her research interests involve bone taphonomy and histology.

'The quality of the data is excellent and detailed. Even with different techniques for calculation you could use these data, as the basics are given in a convenient tabular way. The work is well written and the statistical approaches are explained [in such a way] that even colleagues not so familiar with these calculation methods can understand the approach.' Dr Karin Wiltschke-Schrotta, Natural History Museum, Vienna

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