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Kirstine Haase

An agrarian town? Understanding the earliest phase of the medieval town Odense in Denmark

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This paper will discuss how to understand the early development of Odense seen through the archaeological record. Is it possible to see if, how and when the town transformed from agrarian to urban during the 11th to 16th Century?
Untill now the evidence of the earliest history of Odense has mainly been based on the sparse remains of a Viking Age ring fortress and written sources
testifying to Odense as a place of significance from around 1000 CE. Recent large-scale excavations have offered the opportunity to study this early phase of the town from an archaeological point of view emphasizing the physical remains and change in use of space.
Up to several meters of well-preserved stratigraphy were excavated applying a strictly managed contextual method, reflexive interpretation of the formation of the cultural deposits and sampling for macro botanical, zoo archaeological and
micromorphological analysis. With an extensive finds assemblage and well-preserved structures such as booths, houses, byres and stables, latrines, paths, roads, fences, manureheaps and much more the site data forms the basis for addressing the question if certain features can be distinguished as agrarian or urban and how these features change over time.
Translated title of the contributionEn agrar by?: At forstå den ældste fase af middelalderbyen Odense i Danmark
Original languageEnglish
Publication yearAug 2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
EventEuropean Association of Archaeologists 2016 - Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 31 Aug 20164 Sep 2016
Conference number: 22


ConferenceEuropean Association of Archaeologists 2016
LocationVilnius University
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