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The time span of almost seven hundred years during which the Early Middle Ages lasted in Poland is reflected in the variety of categories of evidence used by archaeologists. For the early Slavic and pre-state periods these are mainly material obtained by excavation of the settlement layers and their context largo sensu. Mentions in the chronicles of Roman, Frankish, Arabic and Byzantine writers comprise a supplementary type of evidence as they describe episodes from the histories of various peoples, their distribution, customs, culture, economy, methods of fighting and beliefs. The first structures of sacral and secular architecture which have survived in the settlement landscape and the written sources increasingly frequently refer to events taking place in the area of modern Poland. Besides the archaeological material, data from other disciplines such as Medieval history, epigraphics, history of art and architecture, archive surveys, cartography and many others are used.

Keywords:archaeology; Early Middle Ages; Poland



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