By Tina L. Thurston
This ebook is an try to mixture conventional empirical, aim archaeological research with the examine of fixing styles of landscapes and, via them, humans and locations and the relationships among them. the writer makes a speciality of past due Iron Age southern Scandinavia via to early medieval polity of Denmark, a time of nearby transformation from many independent, advanced, middle-range societies right into a unified, centralized state. Read more...
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22 TINA L. THURSTON Braudel (1980:25-54) emphasized the longue durée, or long-term, largescale analysis of culture change as the centerpiece of Annales history: macrohistories, covering centuries and even millennia were examined; the short-term phenomena and the ephemeral trends of “microhistory” were less important. Later Annales scholars amended this view, seeing “events” as “intersections which break patterns,” now considered an integral part of Annales historical explanation (Le Roy Ladurie 1979: 111 – 116).
Since the 1970s, archaeology has also yielded evidence that runs counter to some modern historical interpretations, leading many to question the incontestable validity of historical documents. These scholars have instead highlighted the limitations of relying solely on the written word (Hodges 1982a, 1989; Hodges and Whitehouse 1983). This does not mean that historic documents are not an important source for archaeologists. The profitable and productive coupling of documentary and archaeological data is imperative to a comprehensive study of the region.
Diachronically, the decline of one center and rise of another within the same region may suggest a transfer of administrative power from one locale to another. This may be interpreted as functional—better access to new types of transportation or technology—or political—a change in rulership reinforced by a shift in the location of important administrative nodes. Of course, it is often the case that more than one factor influences change. The economic landscape contains the location of raw materials, markets, agricultural and crafts production sites, mints, and tax-collecting activities.