The Ancient Slavs

The Ancient Slavs : Settlement and Society

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The political, economic and ethnic history of Eastern Europe was radically changed by Slav settlement following the end of the Migration Period. This introduction traces the evolution of the Slavs from a tribal and nomadic society to a more complex and settled ethnic group. It begins with an account of the outside pressures and internal dynamics of Slav settlement and then goes on to examine the archaeological evidence of the settlements themselves. The author concentrates mainly on hillforts and rural communities, including discoveries from his own excavations on the Roztoky Project. The text provides an analysis of the economic and social implications for early medieval Slavic more

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  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 139.7 x 222.25 x 12.7mm | 362.87g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 50 illustrations, bibliography, index
  • 0748602003
  • 9780748602001

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The state of Slavic settlement archaeology; the ancient Slav's habitation sites - from simple communities to sophisticated castles and urbanized centres; early medieval castles and hillforts - their role in the state-forming process of Bohemia; the evolution of the Czech and Moravian medieval village spatial arrangement - the socio-economic explanation; Roztoky - an investigation of the most extensive West Slavic rural settlement accumulation; old Slavic settlement investigation and its future more

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