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1 The Archaeological Context of the Bodzia Cemetery and the Trade Route along the Middle and the Lower Vistula during the Middle and Late Viking Period

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This chapter analyses the burials, grave goods and the settlement structure in Kuyavia and the operation of the trade route along the Vistula River at the turn of the 10th and 11th centuries. The settlement structure in the vicinity of Włocławek has been last described more than 50 years ago by Konrad Jażdżewski, who relied on information from the excavations conducted before the Second World War primarily in Włocławek and in the Brześć Kujawski cemetery. Most of his information concerned the important stronghold of Włocławek, at a distance of about 15 km from Bodzia. Besides strongholds, open settlements, and cemeteries, there are two other important categories of archaeological sources, which include hoards of coins and ornaments, as well as single coin finds. Salt exploitation in Kuyavia is well documented both in the written and in the archaeological sources.

Keywords: archaeological sources; Bodzia; Brześć Kujawski cemetery; Kuyavia; salt exploitation; salt trade; Vistula River; Włocławek

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