Spaces, places, and the earliest urbanisation of South Scandinavia

Report from an international seminar at Lindholm Høje, November 30th-December 1st 2021.

Archaeological & Historical Studies in Centrality, vol. 6 2022

Edited by Mikael Manøe Bjerregaard, Kirstine Haase & mads Runge

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The seminar Spaces, places and the earliest urbanisation of South Scandinavia was the second of two international seminars within the project From Central Space to Urban Place which was undertaken from 2017-2021 and was funded by the VELUX FOUNDATION (http://museum.odense.dk/forskning/projekter/fromcentral-space-to-urban-place).

From Central Space to Urban Place consists of research, dissemination, and learning elements.  Besides Odense City Museums as project owner, the project partners are Museums of Eastern Funen, Museum of Northern Jutland, Moesgaard Museum, University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University, and University of Copenhagen. The project also has an advisory board comprised of specialists from the universities of Lund, Oslo, Bergen, Copenhagen, and Aarhus.

The project’s aim is to shed new light on the earliest urbanisation processes in South Scandinavia from 400 to 1100 AD. With Odense and Aalborg as case studies, the project explores the development from the central spaces of the Late Iron Age, defined as concentrations of archaeological localities characterised by wealth and functions such as trade, crafts, cult, and defence, to the urban places of the Middle Ages, where the structures of power are concentrated in one location.