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David
Fontijn

9 publications between 2013 and 2017 indexed
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Fontijn, David, Sasja van der Vaart, and Richard Jansen (eds), Transformation through destruction. A monumental and extraordinary Early Iron Age Hallstatt C barrow from the ritual landscape of Oss-Zevenbergen, Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2013.  
abstract:
Some 2800 years ago, a man died in what is now the municipality of Oss, the Netherlands. His death must have been a significant event in the life of local communities, for he received an extraordinary funeral, which ended with the construction of an impressive barrow. Based on the meticulous excavation and a range of specialist and comprehensive studies of finds, a prehistoric burial ritual now can be brought to life in surprising detail. An Iron Age community used extraordinary objects that find their closest counterpart in the elite graves of the Hallstatt culture in Central Europe. This book will discuss how lavishly decorated items were dismantled and taken apart to be connected with the body of the deceased, all to be destroyed by fire. In what appears to be a meaningful pars pro toto ritual, the remains of his body, the pyre, and the objects were searched through and moved about, with various elements being manipulated, intentionally broken, and interred or removed. In essence, a person and a place were transformed through destruction. The book shows how the mourners carefully, almost lovingly covered the funeral remains with a barrow. Attention is also given to another remarkable monument, long mound 6, located immediately adjacent to mound 7. Excavations show how mound 7 was part of an age-old ritual heath landscape that was entirely restructured during the Early Iron Age, when it became the setting for the building of no less than three huge Hallstatt C barrows. Thousands of years later, during the Late Middle Ages, this landscape underwent a complete transformation of meaning when the prehistoric barrows became the scenery for a macabre display of the cadavers of executed criminals.
abstract:
Some 2800 years ago, a man died in what is now the municipality of Oss, the Netherlands. His death must have been a significant event in the life of local communities, for he received an extraordinary funeral, which ended with the construction of an impressive barrow. Based on the meticulous excavation and a range of specialist and comprehensive studies of finds, a prehistoric burial ritual now can be brought to life in surprising detail. An Iron Age community used extraordinary objects that find their closest counterpart in the elite graves of the Hallstatt culture in Central Europe. This book will discuss how lavishly decorated items were dismantled and taken apart to be connected with the body of the deceased, all to be destroyed by fire. In what appears to be a meaningful pars pro toto ritual, the remains of his body, the pyre, and the objects were searched through and moved about, with various elements being manipulated, intentionally broken, and interred or removed. In essence, a person and a place were transformed through destruction. The book shows how the mourners carefully, almost lovingly covered the funeral remains with a barrow. Attention is also given to another remarkable monument, long mound 6, located immediately adjacent to mound 7. Excavations show how mound 7 was part of an age-old ritual heath landscape that was entirely restructured during the Early Iron Age, when it became the setting for the building of no less than three huge Hallstatt C barrows. Thousands of years later, during the Late Middle Ages, this landscape underwent a complete transformation of meaning when the prehistoric barrows became the scenery for a macabre display of the cadavers of executed criminals.


Contributions to edited collections or authored works

Fontijn, David, and Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof, “Local elites globalized in death: a practice approach to early Iron Age Hallstatt C/D chieftains’ burials in northwest Europe”, in: Hodos, Tamar [ed.], The Routledge handbook of globalization and archaeology, London, New York: Routledge, 2017.
Nienhuis, Janneke, Jilt Sietsma, David Fontijn, Ineke Joosten, and Joris Dik, “Bronze studs: colouring, reconstruction, and conservation”, in: Fontijn, David, Sasja van der Vaart, and Richard Jansen (eds), Transformation through destruction. A monumental and extraordinary Early Iron Age Hallstatt C barrow from the ritual landscape of Oss-Zevenbergen, Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2013. 213–238.
Fontijn, David, and Sasja van der Vaart, “Dismantled, transformed, and deposited: prehistoric bronze from the centre of mound 7”, in: Fontijn, David, Sasja van der Vaart, and Richard Jansen (eds), Transformation through destruction. A monumental and extraordinary Early Iron Age Hallstatt C barrow from the ritual landscape of Oss-Zevenbergen, Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2013. 151–194.
Fontijn, David, Richard Jansen, Sasja van der Vaart, Harry Fokkens, and Ivo van Wijk, “Conclusion, the seventh mound of seven mounds: long-term history of the Zevenbergen barrow landscape”, in: Fontijn, David, Sasja van der Vaart, and Richard Jansen (eds), Transformation through destruction. A monumental and extraordinary Early Iron Age Hallstatt C barrow from the ritual landscape of Oss-Zevenbergen, Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2013. 281–316.
Fontijn, David, Richard Jansen, Quentin Bourgeois, and Cristian van der Linde, “Excavating the seventh mound”, in: Fontijn, David, Sasja van der Vaart, and Richard Jansen (eds), Transformation through destruction. A monumental and extraordinary Early Iron Age Hallstatt C barrow from the ritual landscape of Oss-Zevenbergen, Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2013. 69–118.
Fontijn, David, and Richard Jansen, “The last mound(s) of Zevenbergen: cause, aims, and methods of the 2007 fieldwork campaign”, in: Fontijn, David, Sasja van der Vaart, and Richard Jansen (eds), Transformation through destruction. A monumental and extraordinary Early Iron Age Hallstatt C barrow from the ritual landscape of Oss-Zevenbergen, Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2013. 15–34.
Vaart, Sasja van der, David Fontijn, and Patrick Valentijn, “The central find assemblage of mound 7”, in: Fontijn, David, Sasja van der Vaart, and Richard Jansen (eds), Transformation through destruction. A monumental and extraordinary Early Iron Age Hallstatt C barrow from the ritual landscape of Oss-Zevenbergen, Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2013. 119–140.
Fontijn, David, Richard Jansen, and Sasja van der Vaart, “The urn, bone, and iron from the central find assemblage in mound 7”, in: Fontijn, David, Sasja van der Vaart, and Richard Jansen (eds), Transformation through destruction. A monumental and extraordinary Early Iron Age Hallstatt C barrow from the ritual landscape of Oss-Zevenbergen, Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2013. 141–150.