Keramiken i centrum

Keramik som indikator på centralplatsstatus

By Ole Stilborg


In the general discussion of Iron Age central places they very often become characterised by finds of precious metals or the presence of unique objects and emblems of power. In this article I will try to probe the centrality of Uppåkra using a bulk material - pottery. The question is whether the diversity of vessel types and -sizes and the variation in ware types is discernibly influenced by the status of the site - be it central or peripheral. An answer is sought using a thorough recording and statistical processing of the technological variables of selected samples of pottery from excavations at Uppåkra (0- 500 AD) and at the Iron Age site of Hötofta (0-300 AD), interpreted as a normal village. Furthermore, results of thin-section analyses from both sites are compared. The overall results point to some clear differences between the two sites mainly in the frequency of different vessel types, which may be interpreted as reflecting an extra need for storage and/or special craft activities at the central place. However, these differences seem to be limited in time to the Late Roman Iron Age, where Uppåkra is also displaying the most marked spatial heterogeneity in its pottery assemblage.

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