Rural detector sites -their implication for the nature of power

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A dispersed and accumulated amount of prestigious, refined, and imported detector finds has brought attention to the nature and influence of rural sites. A detailed study in Western Zealand has led to questions and reflections of the nature of power in the late Iron Age and Viking Age. Detector finds from 29 rural sites are categorised and analysed in relation to function, status, and economy and the results compared to the detector finds from the Tissø-complex. The analysis has implications for the understanding of social organisation and power relations in the late Iron Age and Viking Age. It is argued that substantial socio-economic independence and socio-political influence is found in the rural sites. An anarchistic theory where justified leaders, network organisation and decentralisation structure social organisation, is proposed and discussed as an alternative to a unilinear hierarchy, monopolised economy, and exclusive social relations.
Periode21 okt. 202122 okt. 2021
BegivenhedstitelAristocratic residences in Northern Europe: workshop by Vejle Museums and the National Museum at Kongernes Jelling
PlaceringJelling, Danmark
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • Social organisation, communities, rural detector sites, anarchism