Sites in the Košice Basin 1: Valaliky-Vsechsvätych/Kassamindszent
If there is something that can get confused, it is the order of Bronze Age sites found at the settlement Valaliky/Kassamindszent, southeast of Košice, and at the (now integrated) settlements Geča/Hernádgecse and Čaňa/Hernádcsány further down south of it (current, Slovak name first, followed by Hungarian after the slash). The material culture (or archaeological culture, in the classic sense) known in Hungarian literature as Füzesabony culture is referred to as Otomani culture in Slovak literature. In the post I shall be using dual terminology.
There are multiple reasons behind this confusion:
– The Hungarian Kassamindszent was called Všechsvätych in Slovak until 1961. However in 1961 they united four former settlements: Bernatovce/Bernátfalva; Buzice/Búzafalva, Všechsvätých/Kassamindszent and Košťany/Csontosfalva, which were henceforth named Valaliky/Kassamindszent.
– This complex settlement also integrated Geča/Hernádgecse to the south of it, as well as another southern settlement, Čaňa/Hernádcsány. Although there are signs to differentiate them, it is an entirely contiguous populated area.
– Site researcher Jan Pástor published the same site at different places, often multiple in the same essay, which makes things more difficult but still manageable overall.
– Pástor marks the sites located at Buzice/Búzafalva (northern part of Valaliky/Kassamindszent today) and at the edges of Valaliky-Geča/Kassamindszent-Hernádgecse, however those were only published by Darius Gašaj in 1986, rendering the search for complete data in Pástor’s essays with map annexes futile.
– The larger cemetery located at the borders of Valaliky/Kassamindszent and Geča/Hernádgecse, mentioned as point 4 in the table below, has a total of 5 different citations in literature, and only by comparing the Slovak texts can one find out that they are all referring to the same site.
|settlement||parcel name/exact location||cemetery/settlement||literature||topi no.||period|
|1,||Valaliky-Buzice||Záhrada J. Sviatku, dom. c. 13||5 graves||Gašaj 1986||79/9||Otomani/
|2,||Valaliky-Vsechsvätych,||Farské zeme||54 graves||Pástor 1962b, Pástor 1978||79/14||Košťany
|3,||Valaliky-Kostany||„u Krizá”||18 graves||Pástor 1962a; 1962b||79/10||Košťany|
|4b||Valaliky-Vsechsvätych||Zahrada S. Drotára, dom c. III/102 — 1963-68||4 graves||unpublished, mentioned by
Gašaj 1986, 192
|4c||Valaliky-Košťany||—1979||1 grave||Gašaj 1986||Otomani/
|4d||Valaliky-Geča||dom čislo 1 –1977||1 grave – 1 jug from V. Varga||Budinský-Krička 1978||28/1||Otomani/
|4e||Valaliky-Košťany? – Geča||IV-74, at the house of J. Sajka||Mentioned by Gašaj 1986, 192
|5,||Valaliky-Vsechsvätych||na dvore miestnej školy/ az iskola udvarán||settlement||Béreš-Lamiová-Schmiedlová-Olexa 1995, 34||Otomani/
|6,||Čana||Hegyecske||162 graves||Pástor 1976,
1, 5 graves came to light during the construction of J. Sviatka’s house (number 13), which were rescued by J. Pástor in 1957.
2, J. Pástor excavated 54 graves between 1961-62.
3, J. Pástor’s excavation, 1960.
4, Based on Gašaj’s 1986 description, the graves published in the essay (4a and 4c) can be found on the lots of two family houses at the edge of Valaliky/Kassamindszent and Geča/Hernádgecse, near the Kassa-Hernádcsány road. The graves excavated here are part of a larger cemetery. The first graves were rescued by J. Pástor in 1957 (4a). It was also J. Pástor who excavated additional graves on the parcel of S. Drotára between 1963 and 1968 (4b), however we lack further information on them. The 1979 grave (4c) was found in the garden of a house, its assemblage was handed over by B. Kudrnáčová to the East Slovak Museum. In 1977, Budinský-Krička sourced a beaker from another grave in the area of Geča/Hernádgecse (4d). Gašaj J. mentions the house of J. Sajka (number IV-74) where finds came to light during its construction (4e). The topography volume of Košice only cites the Budinský-Krička site, despite the fact that it was published 5 years after Gašaj’s publication. By comparing the data it is undecided whether areas 4d and 4e are identical or in fact represent two separate lots. Perhaps it is irrelevant, given the possibility that a far greater cemetery is getting disturbed constantly with these construction works. The identification of the lots could be important when it comes to estimating the size of the cemetery. Gašaj also mentioned this when he wrote that, based on the data, the cemetery may stretch even to the middle of Geča/Hernádgecse.
The material of the two graves publicated by Gašaj:
5, A ceramic hinting at a Füzesabony/Otomani culture settlement came to light on the local schoolyard. After a brief report, the site is in the same parcel as one of the Valaliky/Kassamindszenti cemeteries (either 2 or 3), but it is from a much later period.
6, J. Pástor’s excavation, 1974.
Therefore J. Pástor published early Bronze Age burials, whereas the Otomani graves were summarized by D. Gašaj. The schoolyard, published as the settlement pit, is situated roughly halfway between the two Otomani/Füzesabony burials.
The next step should be site identification, and the collection of hopefully more precise settlement data.
Was that all clear?
Béreš/Lamiová-Schmiedlová/Olexa 1995 – J. Béreš / M. Lamiová-Schmiedlová / L. Olexa: Prieskumy v okresoch Košice-mesto a Košice-vidiek. AVANS v roku 1993, 1995, 33-35.
Budinský-Krička 1978 – V. Budinský-Krička: Archeologické prieskumy na východnom Slovensku. AVANS v roku 1977, 1978, 39-56.
Gašaj 1986 – D. Gašaj: Hrobové nálezy otomanskej kultúry vo Valalikoch. Historica Carpatica 17, 1986, 191-202
Pástor 1962a – J. Pástor: Pohrebisko zo staršej doby bronzovej v Košťanoch. Študijné zvesti AÚ SAV 9, 1962, 63-80.
Pástor 1962a -J. Pástor: Pohrebiská u počiatkov doby bronzovej na východnom Slovensku. Nové Obzory 4, 1962b, 37–51.
Pástor 1976 – J. Pástor: Pohrebisko zo staršej doby bronzovej v Čani. Historica Carpatica 7, 1976, 225-266.
Pástor 1978 – J. Pástor: Čaňa a Valaliky – pohrebiská zo staršej doby bronzovej. Košice 1978.