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From hamlets to central places: integrated survey and excavation strategies for the social analysis of settlements in northern Europe, c. AD 400-1100

Loveluck, Chistopher; Strutt, Kristian; Clogg, Philip

Authors

Kristian Strutt

Philip Clogg



Contributors

Ernst Stidsing
Editor

Karen H. Nielsen
Editor

Reno Fiedel
Editor

Abstract

This article explores a range of archaeological approaches to the social analysis of rural settlements in northern Europe, dating predominantly from the first millennium AD, through the intensive use of superimposed archaeological survey and targeted excavation strategies. The overall aim is to show how superimposed survey techniques (geophysical, geochemical and surface collection) can be applied to landscapes to define the character of different land use zones within and beyond settlements. These, in turn, allow the targeting of specific areas for excavation and post-excavation analysis and ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey, for purposes of confirming the character of remains, chronology of occupation, and deposit modelling. The collective data from the survey, excavation and post-excavation phases of research can then be combined within a contextualised interpretation of settlement morphology, discard strategies and preservation conditions to produce holistic social analyses of lifestyles and settlement biographies through time.

Citation

Loveluck, C., Strutt, K., & Clogg, P. (2014). From hamlets to central places: integrated survey and excavation strategies for the social analysis of settlements in northern Europe, c. AD 400-1100. In E. Stidsing, K. H. Nielsen, & R. Fiedel (Eds.), Wealth and complexity: economically specialised sites in Late Iron Age Denmark (213-251). Aarhus University Press

Acceptance Date Jan 10, 2014
Publication Date Dec 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jul 25, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 1
Pages 213-251
Series Title East Jutland Museum Publications
Book Title Wealth and complexity: economically specialised sites in Late Iron Age Denmark
ISBN 978-8-77124-324-6
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/35357
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