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Studies on tofts, peasants and hierarchies in medieval rural Denmark - some comments from an archaeological perspective

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A classical starting point for an archaeological discussion of hierarchy in Danish settlement research is the toft, particularly its size and position in the spatial arrangement of the medieval village. The main concern of this article is to identify and discuss related problems, in particular the epistemological challenges in recognising and interpreting the complex material expressions of hierarchy and the interrelationship of space and meaning. It is argued that the tofts can provide a basis for studies of hierarchy, but that the context is important, as many factors had an impact on size.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHierarchies in rural settlements
EditorsJan Klápstê
Number of pages15
Place of publicationBelgium
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Publication year2013
Pages313-327
ISBN (print)978-2-503-54517-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
SeriesRuralia
Volume9

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