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The Early Medieval Centre Models And Interpretation

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The practical function, social significance, and symbolic meaning or the original name of the structures and patterns contained in the archaeological records cannot be explained from the sources themselves. This is because they consist of dead material objects which are halfway between a past social world and a return to a natural state. In this chapter the authors compare the systems of archaeological structures with models derived from a living culture trying to arrive at a new theory of the archaeological context under examination. Most of the time it is necessary that several alternative models are applied in order to determine which of those best matches the archaeological structures and systems. The authors proceed in the same way in creating the models required for the interpretation of archaeological structures identified at Pohansko. Finally, the authors compare the system with three models designated as munitio, palatium and emporium.

Keywords: archaeological records; emporium model; munitio model; palatium model; Pohansko



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