Aarhus Universitetsforlag

Wealth and Complexity

Economically specialised sites in Late Iron Age Denmark

A part of the series East Jutland Museum Publications, Museum Østjyllands Publikationer (1) , and the subject area

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290 pages ill.
ISBN 978 87 7124 324 6

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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 at the Danish School of Journalism. Sanne primarily works with anthropology, archeology and early history. She is also responsible for foreign sales and commission agreements, and she was once employed at the National Museum (Antiquities).

Sanne Lind Hansen


Telephone: + 45 53 55 07 59


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