Individual lifeworlds and social structured societies in Merovingian settlements of the Munich Gravel Plain
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Zitat: Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann, Individual lifeworlds and social structured societies in Merovingian settlements of the Munich Gravel Plain. In: Liv Helga Dommasnes / Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann / Alf Tore Hommedal, The Farm as a Social Arena (Münster 2016), 105-125. ----- Abstract: Cemeteries and graves from the Merovingian Period on the Munich Gravel Plain are well known as an archaeological source: These graves are often richly furnished with non-organic parts of clothing, weapons and jewellery, tools and other objects. Furthermore, these grave goods show a close connection to the buried person, and can be connected to main aspects of the deceased’s lifeworld. The analysis of many graves with and without grave goods can show aspects of a structured society, i. e. ranked as well as organized in a more complex way, in this rural area, for which we also have hints in the written sources. Settlements are in general not as well known from Merovingian times as graves and cemeteries, but in the Munich gravel plain, also some Merovingian houses, farms and settlements have been excavated, and some of them have been recently published.
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