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The knowable, the doable and the undiscussed: tradition, submission, and the ‘becoming’ of rural landscapes in Denmark's Iron Age

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Tina L. Thurston*
Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Baylor University, Waco TX 76798, USA


Farmers in Late Iron Age Denmark lived in centuries-old villages, within territories inhabited for milfennia. Long-held patterns of settlement, movement, economic interaction and socio-political structure characterized the cultural landscapes of these loosely integrated, heterarchical societies. During the transition to a state in the late Viking Age, many new settlements were established and rapid landscape change transformed older communities into highly controlled, newly regulated places.

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