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The Early Medieval Centre As A System

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This chapter attempts to define the early medieval centre as a system. In defining the system the chapter follows the example of Colin Renfrew who studied the origin and evolution of the Minoan-Mycenaean civilization in the third millennium BC. The chapter delimits the relevant sequence of the cultural system and define its temporal/spatial relationships. It isolates the individual subsystems and examines their functionality. The chapter concentrates on the relationships between them with regards to the multiplier effect. The model obtained by such means is then be compared with models derived from other archaeological, historical and/or ethnographic contexts. Most important for the purpose of this book are population and settlement; subsistence; craft technology; as well as the social, projective/symbolic and trade/communication subsystem.

Keywords: communication subsystem; craft technology subsystem; early medieval centre; settlement subsystem; social subsystem; subsistence subsystem; symbolic subsystem



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