Towards the making of a town and its inhabitants – a study of urbanity as practice and life form in medieval Copenhagen
The main aim for the project is to analyse the early urban development of Copenhagen from c. 1050 to c. 1300 through a view of urbanity as practice. The first steps towards the established town are very much unknown, but important in understanding the further course of urban development and the inception of an urban way of life.
Recent excavations at the Town Hall Square in central Copenhagen have produced material evidence which give new insight in the early phases of the settlement. In the project, I want to use the new source material to explore which activities, agents and networks have been important in the early urbanization process. On a more general level, I want to investigate what information about urbanity that can come out of studying everyday practices, and with Copenhagen as a case study add to the discussion of how to understand early urbanism through material culture. It is also my hope that the analyses will significantly add to the understanding of the chronology and character of early Copenhagen, and in doing so refine and revise the narrative of the formation and early development of the town and its inhabitants.