Complexity and dynamics: Settlement and landscape from the Bronze Age to the Renaissance in the Nordic Countries (1700 BC–AD 1600) [Paperback]

Marie Ødegaard (Editor); Ingrid Ystgaard (Editor)

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ISBN: 9789464270426 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Year of Publication: 2023 | Language: English 210p, H280 x W210 (mm) 73fc / 1bw

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Complexity and dynamics


How did people organize their settlements in later prehistoric societies? How do architecture, spatial organization, land divisions, and landscape use relate to different modes of social organization? The papers in this book contribute to a greater understanding of the complexity and dynamics of settlement and landscape organization in the Nordic countries from the Late Bronze Age to the Renaissance.

Among the topics addressed is the notion of the wandering settlements as the standard settlement pattern across southern Scandinavia in the last millennium BC. This idea is nuanced by in-depth regional studies. Up-to-date methodological and theoretical insights are employed to shed light on over-arching patterns of demography and the interaction between humans and the natural world, as well as on technological adaptation and innovation. Contributions to the book explore the nature of the relationships between settlements: both symmetrical relationships, between neighbouring farmsteads, and asymmetrical relationships, between farmsteads representing different levels in a social hierarchy. Spatial and temporal relations between communities of the living and the dead are also discussed.

This book provides a comprehensive update on current research and methodologies in settlement archaeology in the Nordic countries. It is intended for students, archaeologists, and the interested reader working with settlements, landscape use, and social organization.

Table of Contents

Settlement organization in Iron Age Scandinavia and beyond. Traditions, terminologies, regionalities and methodologies
Marie Ødegaard and Ingrid Ystgaard
Early Iron Age village formation in Jutland, Denmark
Niels Haue
Settlement structure and landscape use in Southwest Norway in the last millennium BC
Trond Meling
Madla Sør in Rogaland, Southwest Norway – a settlement with long continuity?
Satu Lindell
Maintaining boundaries: Early Iron Age settlement dynamics and spatial organisation at Dilling in Southeast Norway
Marie Ødegaard, Lars Erik Gjerpe and Linnea Syversætre Johannessen
“The 207 BC Dust Veil Event” and the advent of iron reaping tools in Scandinavia
Lars Erik Gjerpe
Uncovering population dynamics in Southeast Norway from 1300 BC to AD 800 using summed radiocarbon probability distributions
Kjetil Loftsgarden and Steinar Solheim
Plant remains as sources to cultural history in Southeast Norway
Karoline Kjesrud, Luka Natassja Olsen, Irene Teixidor-Toneu, Jade J. Sandstedt, Anneleen Kool and Linda Christiansen
Social dynamics at the Augland ceramic workshop: The introduction of soapstone in paste recipes from the Roman Iron Age and early Migration Period in southernmost Norway
Christian Løchsen Rødsrud and Per Ditlef Fredriksen
Activities and community organization in Roman Iron Age Vik, Ørland, Central Norway
Ingrid Ystgaard
Old Uppsala, Eastern Sweden: Framing an Iron Age tributary society
Per Frölund
Burial – settlement relations at Forsandmoen, Southwest Norway
Barbro Dahl
The elite settlement at Ströja, Eastern Sweden, AD 450–1000
Björn Hjulström and Marta Lindeberg
Development of the medieval villages in Southern Finland
Tuuli T. Heinonen
Anebjerg – A rural farm from the 17th century: Considerations on Renaissance building traditions in Denmark and what can be expected beyond the Middle Ages
Louise Søndergaard

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