Anarchistic action: Social organization and dynamics in southern Scandinavia from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages

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Anarchistic action : Social organization and dynamics in southern Scandinavia from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages. / Borake, Trine Louise.

I: Archaeological Dialogues, Bind 26, Nr. 2, 12.2019, s. 61-73.

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