Chieftains and Elites in Iron Age Burials

In eHRAF Archaeology you can search for chieftains and elites in iron age burials using the Advanced Search with its “Add Traditions/Subjects” feature and keywords.

In the Advanced Search use the “Add Traditions” function to browse across the regions and to pick the archaeological traditions that reflect the iron age time period.  Use the “Add Subjects” function to pick “burials and funerals” as OCM subject.

Keywords such as burials or chieftain can also be added to broaden your search.  However, they are not necessary because the OCM subjects allow you to find passages of texts that use different words for “burials” and “chieftains.”

This image shows how an Advanced Search for chieftains and elites in iron age burials in eHRAF Archaeology looks like.

Iron Age Elite and Chieftain Burials, Graves and Tombs

eHRAF Archaeology Advanced Search for Iron Age Elite and Chieftain Burials, Graves and Tombs

Steps in building a search query in an eHRAF Advanced Search

Step 1. Find archaeological traditions to reflect the iron age time period
Click Add Traditions > By Region > Africa, Europe, etc.  and open the subregion menu to select the prehistoric traditions containing the word “iron age.”

Step 2. Find a subject that is related to burials.
Click Add Subjects –use A-Z index, Major Subjects, or OCM Code tabs to find “matching” subjects for your topic:

>A-Z Index > type the word “burial” in index box to find the corresponding OCM subject
>Major Subjects> Health, Medicine, Illness, Death > Death >Burials and Funerals (OCM 764) and Special Burial Practices and Funerals (OCM 766)
>OCM Code>700 range under Death > >Burials and Funerals (OCM 764) and Special Burial Practices and Funerals (OCM 766)

Step 3. Optional! Add Keywords
In addition to using the OCM subjects you can also use truncated keywords such as chieftain* elite* (for chieftain, chieftains, elite, elites, etc.).

Step 5. Boolean AND and OR-Very, very important to set them right!

AND to narrow search
OR to expand search
(see red  and green circles in image above)

Try your own eHRAF Advanced Search in eHRAF Archaeology. Contact hraf@yale.edu for a current login.

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