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Towns Still Under Investigation

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The formation of the territorial basis of the state was accompanied by the appearance and rapid development of strongholds: main or local centers of territorial power. For many decades, the results of the Millennium research project of the 1950s and 1960s were the main source of knowledge about the origins of Polish towns. In the light of the concepts of that period, the Slavic town of the early Middle Ages was perceived as a culmination of the slow socio-economic and political changes which had been taking place in central and eastern Europe for centuries. This chapter presents examples of urban centers where recent excavations have provided the greatest surprises, revealing many important but also controversial and unclear discoveries.

Keywords:early Middle Ages; Poland; Slavic town



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