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Identification and delineation of settlement space functions in the south Scandinavian Iron Age: theoretical perspectives and practical approaches
Umeå University.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History (JAAH), E-ISSN 2001-1199, no 12, 1-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents an overview of methods used in south Scandinavian ar-chaeology for identification and delineation of settlement space functions. The overview includes commonly utilised archaeological approaches, such as arte-fact distribution studies and inferences based on assessment of house and set-tlement morphologies, as well as archaeobotanical, geochemical and geophysi-cal approaches to functional analysis. The theoretical potential and limitations of each presented functional parameter are outlined and thereafter applied and compared using material from five case study sites in east-central Jutland, Hal-land and Bohuslän. The presentation of the site of Gedved Vest in east-central Jutland also incorporates a comparison of two common approaches to geo-chemical sampling: 1) sampling and analysis of soil retrieved from feature fills, and 2) horizontal sampling of soil from the interface between the topsoil (A/Ap) and the subsoil (C) - horizons along a pre-determined grid.

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Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2014. no 12, 1-57 p.
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settlement archaeology, Iron Age, longhouses, functionality of space, multiproxy analysis, phosphate analysis, plant macrofossil analysis, magnetic susceptibility, soil organic matter, artefact distribution, house architecture, settlement structure
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237051OAI: diva2:767339
Available from: 2014-12-01 Created: 2014-11-26 Last updated: 2014-12-02Bibliographically approved

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