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Multiscalar archaeology and Viking Landscape: A bottom-up approach to Borgring

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Remote sensing and aerial photography are now routinely applied for mapping cultural landscapes, and geophysical and micro-archaeological methods have proven useful to reconstruct landscape evolution and site stratigraphies. However, researching past human environments remain challenging due to modern disturbances, multi-period occupation and the difficulties of working simultaneously on a site and its landscapes. This is particularly the case of fortified settlements: physically separated yet highly interconnected with their surroundings. Drawing from ongoing research, this paper takes a bottom-up approach and explores the application of multi-scalar geoarchaeological methods to refine our understanding of Borgring Fortress. Here, the micromorphological study of buried soils provides us with new, important insights into the long-term history of the site. New evidence points to slow soil accumulation following the fire that destroyed the rampart, and the presence of animal grazing, and human settlement. These new records are important as they suggest that the area continued to be occupied after the fire, but under different land use strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventEnvironmental Archaeology Conference - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 12 Dec 201813 Dec 2018

Conference

ConferenceEnvironmental Archaeology Conference
LocationAarhus University
CountryDenmark
CityAarhus
Period12/12/201813/12/2018

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