Archaeological elite indicators from 1st Millennium AD Östergötland

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The Swedish province of Östergötland has long been recognised as one of the 1st millennium's political hot spots. Splendid single finds, though never before surveyed comprehensively, offer a rough idea of where elite settlements might be sought. Not one of the ostentatious manorial buildings where the era's elite lived has, however, been identified in the field. This study aims at beginning to remedy the regional absence of mead-halls, being an investigation of the internal political geography of Östergötland during the period AD 375-1000. The data of this study present a compilation of geographical, temporal, contextual and other information on artefacts and ancient monuments, which have been interpreted as indicators of elite settlements, spanning from the Late Roman Period to the Viking Age. The dataset includes data from previous excavations and surveys, as well as new data collected through excavation and metal detecting during 2003-2008.

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These archaeological data were collected in 2003-2009 for the purpose of identifying elite settlements in the Swedish province of Östergötland during the 1st Millennium AD.

Abstract:

The Swedish province of Östergötland has long been recognised as one of the 1st millennium's political hot spots. Splendid single finds, though never before surveyed comprehensively, offer a rough idea of where elite settlements might be sought. Not one of the ostentatious manorial buildings where the era's elite lived has, however, been identified in the field. This study aims at beginning to remedy the regional absence of mead-halls, being an investigation of the internal political geography of Östergötland during the period AD 375-1000. The data of this study present a compilation of geographical, temporal, contextual and other information on artefacts and ancient monuments, which have been interpreted as indicators of elite settlements, spanning from the Late Roman Period to the Viking Age. The dataset includes data from previous excavations and surveys, as well as new data collected through excavation and metal detecting during 2003-2008.

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2003 — 2009 (Content coding)
2003 — 2009 (Compilation/Synthesis)
2005-07-05 — 2005-08-19 (Physical measurements and tests)

Data collector: Östergötland County Museum, Archaeology department

2005-07-05 — 2005-08-19 (Field observation)

Data collector: Östergötland County Museum, Archaeology department

2006-09-11 — 2006-09-13 (Field observation)
2006-09-11 — 2006-09-13 (Physical measurements and tests)
2008-09-15 — 2008-09-24 (Field observation)

Data collector: Östergötland Museum

Collection situation: Archaeological excavation, RAÄ Kaga 50, Sättuna

2008-09-15 — 2008-09-24 (Physical measurements and tests)

Collection situation: Archaeological excavation at RAÄ Kaga 50, Sättuna

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Province of Östergötland

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Parish

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Province

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Rundkvist, Martin (2011). Mead-halls of the Eastern Geats: elite settlements and political geography AD 375-1000 in Östergötland, Sweden. Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien.
Libris DiVA

Rundkvist, M. (2007). Provundersökning av storhögen Raä 16 vid Stora Tollstad i Sjögestad. 11-13 september 2006. Ög, Sjögestad sn, Tollstad 11:1, Raä 16. Provundersökning. Länsstyrelsens ärendenummer 431-4978-06. Rapport, 25 januari 2007. Unpublished archival report.
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Rundkvist, M. & Williams, H. (2007). Report on the Excavation of a Viking Period Boat Imhumationand a Pre-Roman Iron Age Settlement with Bronze Casting Debris. Skamby in Kuddby Parish (Raä 158), Östergötland, Sweden, 2005. Final version 30 November 2006. Unpublished archival report.
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Rundkvist, M. (2007). Sättuna in Kaga Parish, Östergötland, Sweden. Excavations in September 2008 at Raä Kaga 50. Report by Martin Rundqvist, 28 April 2009. With an osteological analysis by Petter Nyberg, lithics classification by Fredrik Molin, wood anatomy by Ulf Strucke and radiocaron by Göran Possnert & Maud Söderman. Unbpublished archival report.
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2014-11-18 doi:10.5878/002257

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SND 0968-001-V1.0_Mead-halls data_CSV.zip Archaeological elite indicators from 1st Millennium AD Östergötland CSV Format

SND 0968-001-V1.0 Mead-halls data.xlsx Archaeological elite indicators from 1st Millennium AD Östergötland

Archaeological elite indicators from 1st Millennium AD Östergötland

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Martin Rundkvist. Övrigt (2014). Archaeological elite indicators from 1st Millennium AD Östergötland. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/002257

Description:

The dataset is comprised of a spreadsheet with information on ancient monuments, stray finds, hoards and contextual finds, which indicate the presence of an elite settlement. The information includes inventory number, geographical position, dating, type, amount and context. The data can be downloaded in XLSX or CSV format.

Collection events:

2003 - 2009 (Content coding)

2003 - 2009 (Compilation/Synthesis)

2005-07-05 - 2005-08-19 (Physical measurements and tests)

2005-07-05 - 2005-08-19 (Field observation)

2006-09-11 - 2006-09-13 (Field observation)

2006-09-11 - 2006-09-13 (Physical measurements and tests)

2008-09-15 - 2008-09-24 (Field observation)

2008-09-15 - 2008-09-24 (Physical measurements and tests)

Collection methodology:

Data was collected from literature and museums collections, as well as from archaeological field work such as excavation and field surveying. Seventeen sites were surveyed with metal detectors, discriminating against iron. At three of the sites excavation trenches were opened. Features and finds were given coordinates with a hand-held GPS or a total-station. When no more precise information on location has been available, than on which hamlet's land a find has been made, the coordinates of each hamlet's current main house have been used.

Time period(s) investigated:

375 — 1000

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Data: English