Viking Age Uppåkra and Lund

Authored by: Birgitta Hårdh

The Viking World

Print publication date:  October  2008
Online publication date:  October  2008

Print ISBN: 9780415333153
eBook ISBN: 9780203412770
Adobe ISBN: 9781134318261


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The Iron Age centre Uppåkra is situated on a pronounced height, dominating the plain of Lund. Uppåkra belongs to the group of south Scandinavian central places which have been recorded during the past decades, mainly in Denmark. The central places are defined as multi-functional, regional centres with a long continuity. The finds from Uppåkra show that the site kept the function of a central place during the entire first millennium. With the vast extent of the cultural layer and the distribution of finds, it is, at 40 ha, also the largest Iron Age settlement known from south Scandinavia, and cultural layers measuring up to 2 m thickness have been recorded (Hårdh 2000; Larsson 2001a).

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