The Past Societies 5

Redaktor: Przemysław Urbańczyk

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The Past Societies 5. Polish lands from the first evidence of human presence to the Early Middle Ages: 500 AD - 1000 AD

Redaktor tomu: Maciej Trzeciecki
Wydawca:  Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii PAN
Miejsce:  Warszawa
Rok wydania: 2016
Język:  angielski
Liczba stron:  342
Format:  A4
Okładka:  twarda
ISBN:  978-83-63760-77-9


As far as Polish archaeology is concerned, the time has clearly come for preparing such a synthesis, since the previous work of this kind (Prahistoria ziem polskich l-V) was published over 25 years ago. The new discoveries, new interpretations, and new research approaches developed by the new generation of scholars studying the material remains of the past urgently require a proper synopsis. [...]
The present volumes are the work of 60 authors formally divided into five teams. In order to curb the "separatist" effects of the traditional systematization of prehistory and protohistory (into the Palaeolithic Era, the Mesolithic Era, the Neolithic Era, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and the Early Middle Ages), we employed a strictly chronological criterion: volume one encompasses the period between ca. 500,000 BC and 5,500 BC; volume two - between 5,500 BC and 2,000 BC; volume three - between 2,000 BC and 500 BC; volume four - between 500 BC and 500 AD; and volume five - between 500 AD and 1000 AD. Such an artificial division mitigates the sharpness of the traditional "pivotal moments" and at the same time emphasizes the accelerating nature of socio-cultural changes. [...]

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Przemysław Urbańczyk


Chapter 1 - Early-Slavic culture
Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
1. Introduction - the sources and the state of research
2. The context for the emergence of early-Slavic culture
3. The natural environment
4. The characteristics of early-Slavic culture
5. The model of early-Slavic culture
6. Conclusion Bibliography

Chapter 2 - Baltic communities present between 500 and 700 AD in today's Poland
Anna Bitner-Wróblewska, Aleksandra Rzeszotarska-Nowakiewicz
1. Introduction
2. Settlements and the economy
3. Burial customs
4. Male and female attire
5. Contacts and connections
6. Conclusions Bibliography

Chapter 3 - From a tribe to a state
Sławomir Moździoch
1. Introduction
2. The natural environment
3. The landscape of settlement
4. The economic landscape
5. The symbolic landscape
6. Conclusion Bibliography

Chapter 4 - Baltic communities present in today's Polish territory between 700 and 1000 AD
Tomasz Nowakiewicz
1. Introduction
2. The end of the world as they knew it: the post-Olsztyn-group horizon?
3. Early-mediaeval settlements
4. Everyday life
5. Traces of cults: burial customs and other rites
6. Wars, warlords, warriors
7. Conclusion Bibliography

Chapter 5 - Intercultural relations of the inhabitants of Polish territory in the 9th and 10th centuries
Mateusz Bogucki
1. Introduction
2. Influx of oriental silver into the territory of Poland in the 9th and 10th centuries
3. Exiles, emigrants, or adventurers? Selected examples of foreign enclaves
4. Summary and conclusions Bibliography

Chapter 6 - The emergence of the territorial state
Maciej Trzeciecki
1. Introduction
2. The question of origins, or the history of research
3. Strongholds, or the cultural landscape
4. Christianization, or a modernization project
5. Conclusion