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Viking-Age Proto-Urban Centres and Their Hinterlands: Some Examples from the Baltic Area

WithMichael Müller-Wille, Astrid Tummuscheit

This chapter focuses on proto-urban centres and their hinterlands and maps the distribution of Viking-age finds: that is graves, settlements, hoards and single finds, in the area between the rivers Eider in the south and the Kongea in the north. The distribution map of volcanic tufa imported from the Middle Rhine area, which was used for church building, defines the hinterland of Ribe very clearly. The distribution map shows sites that date to the 8th and 9th centuries in the hinterland of Hedeby. Jens Ulriksen has shown by his investigations of the Roskilde fjord area that a number of landing places played an important role in communication between centre and hinterland. In general the Grob Stromkendorf site has produced a finds assemblage that can easily be paralleled on other trading sites of Early-medieval times in the Baltic Sea region and beyond.