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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which focuses on the relationship between archaeology and historiography which is key in research into the early middle Ages. It defines the individual steps of the archaeological method (analysis, synthesis, validation, interpretation) as they have been developed mainly by E. Neustupný. Special attention was paid to the action of the depositional and post-depositional processes and the possibilities in working with the archaeological formal and spatial structures offered by up-to-date computer technology with an extra emphasis on multivariate statistical analysis and geographic information systems (GIS ) which were at the technological core of the present solution. The chapter highlights modeling, which is of extraordinary importance for the interpretation of archaeological structures. It attempts to reconstruct the social status of the people buried in the Forest Nursery, and throw light on some aspects of their spiritual life.

Keywords: archaeological structures; early Middle Ages; historiography



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