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Gamla Uppsala – the emergence of a centre and a magnate complex
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History (JAAH), E-ISSN 2001-1199, no 16, 1-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The emergence of Gamla Uppsala as a centre has been discussed for centuries. During the past years, old excavations have been incorporated into the frame-work of the archaeological research project Gamla Uppsala - the emergence of a mythical centre (GUAM), with GIS and excavations in combination with survey results and reinterpretations, as old excavations are placed in relation to new investigations. This article is based on the results from excavations in 2011 and 2015 and studies of previous investigations in the light of new results. We have chosen to present a stand der forschung of what we currently know about the 6th to 8th century estate in the centre of Gamla Uppsala, how it emerges as  part of an un-paralleled monumentalization of the area, what we know of a Migration Period prelude and its transformation during the 8th/9th century. Today we can discuss the relationship between a multitude of elements in the complex, such as in-dividual mounds, the great hall, workshops, economy buildings, fences, paved courtyards, post-row monuments and not least landscape development and resource exploitation on a broad scale. In our strategic work, previously isolated monuments are tied together in a project that will continue in the years ahead.

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Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2015. no 16, 1-29 p.
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Vendel Period, Viking Age, Gamla Uppsala, Monumentalization, Halls, Early Medieval, Royal, Manor.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269811OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-269811DiVA: diva2:885236
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