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The Iron Age ritual building at Uppakra, southern Sweden

Larsson, Lars LU (2007) In Antiquity 81(311). p.11-25
Abstract
Six years ago we reported the discovery of a central place at Uppakra in southern Sweden which promised to be unusually rich and informative (Hardh 2000). At 40ha it already stood out as the largest concentration of residual phosphate in the whole province of Scania, with surface finds of Roman and late Iron Age metalwork (second-tenth century AD). Following this thorough evaluation, the project moved into its excavation phase which has brought to light several buildings of the first millennium AD, among them one that has proved truly exceptional. Its tall structure and numerous ornamented finds suggest an elaborate timber cult house. This is the first Scandinavian building for which the term 'temple' can be justly claimed and it is... (More)
Six years ago we reported the discovery of a central place at Uppakra in southern Sweden which promised to be unusually rich and informative (Hardh 2000). At 40ha it already stood out as the largest concentration of residual phosphate in the whole province of Scania, with surface finds of Roman and late Iron Age metalwork (second-tenth century AD). Following this thorough evaluation, the project moved into its excavation phase which has brought to light several buildings of the first millennium AD, among them one that has proved truly exceptional. Its tall structure and numerous ornamented finds suggest an elaborate timber cult house. This is the first Scandinavian building for which the term 'temple' can be justly claimed and it is already sign posting new directions for the early middle ages in northern Europe. (Less)
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Viking period, Merovingian period, Migration period, Roman, late Iron Age, Scandinavia, Sweden, ritual, religion, temple
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Antiquity
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81
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311
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11 - 25
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Antiquity
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  author       = {Larsson, Lars},
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  keyword      = {Viking period,Merovingian period,Migration period,Roman,late Iron Age,Scandinavia,Sweden,ritual,religion,temple},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {311},
  pages        = {11--25},
  publisher    = {Antiquity},
  series       = {Antiquity},
  title        = {The Iron Age ritual building at Uppakra, southern Sweden},
  volume       = {81},
  year         = {2007},
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