The Sickles in Graves During the Period of Early Middle Ages from the Territory of Slovakia
By Zuzana Slivenska
Annales Universitatis Apulensis, Series Historica, Vol.8 (2004)
Introduction: During the Middle Ages, in the area of Carpathian Basin, there was an interesting phenomenon used in burial rite – a tradition to bury a man with a sickle. From the researched material from the 6th up to the 12th century, 85 pieces of sickles dating back to the second half of 7th up to the second third of 10th century were excavated in the territory of Slovakia as a part of grave goods. The character of the burial places, or graves with the sickles is varied. But from the standpoint of researching a function of the sickle in grave, it is important to study constituent indications, which separately, but mainly in connection with another ones, create a certain picture which help to solve a question about a function of the sickle in grave.