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    The location of Gamla Uppsala in relation to other major early medieval sites (©Uppsala University)

    We are pleased to draw your attention to the latest research on the early medieval magnate complex at Gamla Uppsala, Sweden:

    Ljungkvist, J. and Frölund, P. 2015. ‘Gamla Uppsala – the emergence of a centre and a magnate complex’. Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History, 16. pp.1-29.

    This new paper by John Ljungkvist and Per Frölund discusses the latest findings of the Gamla Uppsala – a mythical centre project presents the current state of research and knowledge for this incredibly important early medieval centre of power.

    The abstract is included below:

    The emergence of Gamla Uppsala as a centre has been discussed for centuries. During the past years, old excavations have been incorporated into the frame-work of the archaeological research project Gamla Uppsala – the emergence of a mythical centre (GUAM), with GIS and excavations in combination with survey results and reinterpretations, as old excavations are placed in relation to new investigations. This article is based on the results from excavations in 2011 and 2015 and studies of previous investigations in the light of new results. We have chosen to present a stand der forschung of what we currently know about the 6th to 8th century estate in the centre of Gamla Uppsala, how it emerges as  part of an un-paralleled monumentalization of the area, what we know of a Migration Period prelude and its transformation during the 8th/9th century. Today we can discuss the relationship between a multitude of elements in the complex, such as individual mounds, the great hall, workshops, economy buildings, fences, paved courtyards, post-row monuments and not least landscape development and resource exploitation on a broad scale. In our strategic work, previously isolated monuments are tied together in a project that will continue in the years ahead.

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