Drinking horn


Archaeological site: Bugyi, Felsővány, grave no. 17
Inventory no.: 2014.1.1.57
Material: glass
Period: 5th-6th century AD
Storage: Gödöllő, Ferenczy Museum Center

An incomplete skeleton lying on its back and a complete glass drinking horn were found in an excavated grave of a cemetery from the time of the Hungarian Conquest. There are so far three drinking horn pieces known among Hungarian Avar finds.

This is a very rare object among Hungarian Avar finds. There are three known pieces so far from the area of Hungary (Kiskőrös, Kisköre, Csólyospálos), all of which were found on the Great Plain.

Context: In the second half of 2011 the museum staff—as a result of a cooperation with metal detector archaeologists—launched research into a cemetery from the time of the Hungarian Conquest, situated next to the village of Bugyi. During the excavation of the cemetery, in addition to the Conquest graves, Sarmatian and Avar burial places were found, too.

An incomplete skeleton lying on its back was unearthed from shallow grave no. 17. Due to disturbance and bad soil conditions only the leg bones and an arm bone of the interred remained. However, despite the bad conditions, the bottom part of a vessel and a complete glass drinking horn was found in the north-western end of the grave. Because of the sandy soil it was in bad condition, but thanks to the detailed restoration work of Sándorné Szórádi the object is complete once again.

Zoltán Farkas

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