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The early Middle Ages is commonly viewed as a period of great significance in European history for such key issues as the emergence of individual ownership of land in areas never included into the Roman Empire; the legal codification; the conversion to Christianity; or the crystallization of new forms of social and political organization linked to appearance of medieval states. The author draws conclusions primarily on the basis of the archaeological evidence from important early medieval central places in East Central Europe. A special emphasis is placed on Pohansko near Břeclav, perhaps the best studied centre of its kind in the entire region. Three models come to mind when examining the structure of the Pohansko agglomeration: munitio, palatium, and emporium.

Keywords: archaeological method; east central Europe; Roman empire



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