Ancient fields excavated
1999 (English)In: Journal of european archaeology., Vol. Vol 2. No 1, 57-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper I discuss the merits of fossil fields and traces of ancient agriculture as archaeological source material. Examples from excavations in the Väderstad-area in Östergötland, Sweden are given. In the article I describe and contrast two different methods of excavation;
A. The digging of long trenches through visible features, a method here used as a means of trial excavation but previously often the only method used when excavation ancient fields. This method gives at the best a skeleton for interpretation. Though it does enable dating, the intensity, extent and content of different phases can not be established with any degree of certainty.
B. The removal of the ancient plough-soil over the full extent of the ancient field, a method here used for final excavations. Through this method enough information is aquired for a detailed interpretation to be carried out. The results will be detailed enough for the excavated fields to be comparable to other excavated categories of monuments and thus give a new angle to general archaeological problems. The local RAÄ 166, Hogstads socken is given as an example of this.
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1999. Vol. Vol 2. No 1, 57-76 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-74517OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-74517DiVA: diva2:102427