Burial mounds of Siegendorf

The Bronze Age burial mounds of Siegendorf are located in the Austrian market town of Siegendorf.

Burial mounds of Siegendorf

The Bronze Age burial mounds of Siegendorf (Croatian: Cindrof, Hungarian: Cinfalva) in the market town of Siegendorf in the district of Eisenstadt-Umgebung, in the Burgenland region of Austria, are located approximately one kilometer from the open-air facility of the Burgenland State Museum, near the nature and landscape conservation area “Siegendorfer Puszta und Heide.”

These four burial mounds are structures associated with the Čaka culture (around 1200 BCE). The largest mound contained a stone cist. The cremated remains of a man buried with a lance, knife, and sword were discovered, along with a set of pottery, a bronze garment pin, and a razor. In the adjacent mounds, graves of both men and women were found. The settlement associated with the burial area is believed to have been located on the opposite bank of the salt lake, which was drained only a century ago.

This small group of burial mounds is one of the few necropolises of the Čaka culture discovered in Austria, providing evidence of the mid-Bronze Age traditions at the beginning of the Urnfield period on the western edge of the Carpathian Basin.

During the excavations, traces of an older settlement and a cremation from around 3900 BCE (Epi-Lengyel Horizon) were found beneath Burial Mound 4. The artifacts from the excavations are displayed at the Burgenland State Museum in Eisenstadt.

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