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Over the course of the last 30 years, many new settlements, in particular from the Late Iron Age, have been discovered in Denmark as a result of energetic and persistent surveying of the landscape by metal-detector enthusiasts. Only a few metal-rich settlements have been subjected to extensive investigation with large excavations and research projects. Stavnsager, located within Museum Ostjyllands area of archaeological responsibility, is one of the metal-rich sites that has, for several years now, yielded metal finds across a large area. Over the last decade, a number of trials with various non-destructive survey methods have been carried out at Stavnsager and in adjacent areas, in collaboration with the University of Nottingham. These have been followed up by trial excavations in order to establish a connection between the various survey data and the actual archaeological evidence present beneath the soil. Contributions to this volume includes presentations of new finds and sites, discussions of the term central place and of social conditions in the Iron Age and introductions to a number of non-destructive survey methods.
Table of contents
Key issues concerning 'central places'
Füsing ─ a metal-rich site in the vicinity of Haithabu/Schleswig dating from c. AD 700-1000
Centrality and trade on the North Frisian Islands during the Migation period
At the geestland edge southwest of Ribe: On the track of a centre of wealth during the 1st millennium AD
The metal detector site of Sig Syd
Stavnsager ─ small glimpses of something big
Haslund Øst ─ a newly discovered metal-detector site
Central places in abundance?
Metal-rich sites in Vendsyssel
Early state formation in southern Scandinavia in the 1st-4th century AD
Warrior aristocracy and village community
Find-rich settlements from the Late Iron Age and the Viking Age and their external contacts
From hamlets to central places
The application of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) at Stavnsager, Denmark: Prospects and contributions
Aerial archaeological survey of central places and other settlements: An evaluation of possibilities and limitations
Central places from a scientific perspective: From geophysics to micro-morphology
Sanne Lind Hansen
MA in ethnography and classical archeology, and trained from the Danish School of Journalism. Sanne works primarily with the travel books series Vide verden and publications in anthropology, archeology and early history. She is also responsible for foreign sales and commission agreements, and is the longest serving editor at the Press. A generation ago, she was employed at Antiquities at the National Museum.
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