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Mysteries Of The Pre-State Period

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The main debate in this chapter concerns the cultural affiliation of the Szczecin region. The chapter explores whether in the pre-state period Szczecin, there was the main town of an independent settlement unit or was the area belonging to it inhabited by the Wkrzanie. This question concerns also the affiliation of the areas on the lower Oder river located on the border between the Veleti, Lutize and Pomeranians. The origins and stages of establishing the strongholds are the key issue in the archaeology of the pre-state period. The strongholds from the pre-state period in Great Poland are multi-phased. The large strongholds of Little Poland were built in the centers of the settlement concentrations. A peculiarity of the burial rites from the pre-state period are burials on top of the barrow. Besides a few examples, little is known about the topography and character of open settlements located near the fortied centers.

Keywords:burial rites; Poland; pre-state period Szczecin; strongholds of Little Poland; Szczecin region; Wkrzanie

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