This collection of studies is the result of a six-year interdisciplinary research project undertaken by an international team of archaeologists, historians, numismatists and paleobotanists. It constitutes a completely new approach to environmental, cultural and settlement changes during the Migration Period in Central Europe.
Part One discusses written sources, theories regarding migration, and environmental change in the first millennium AD. In Part Two, archaeological sources relating to Central Europe in the Migration Period are analysed, while Part Three is devoted to new discoveries between the Oder and the Vistula, including traces of Germanic settlement in northern Poland in the early seventh century. In Part Four, evidence for cultural and settlement changes in neighbouring areas is characterized in a comparative light.
Prof. Aleksander Bursche coordinated the
Migration Period between the Oder and the Vistula project, the results of which are published here. He is a full professor at the University of Warsaw, specialising in relations between the Classical World and the Barbarians.
Prof. John Hines is Professor in the School of History, Archaeology and Religious Studies, Cardiff University. He has published extensively on material and literary culture and linguistic history in northern Europe from the Late Iron Age to the Modern Period.
Dr. Anna Zapolska is a researcher in the Institute of Archaeology, Warsaw University. She specialises in numismatics, coin finds, and coins in archaeological contexts. She is currently working on the bronze coin finds from sites of the West Balt Cultures.
List of Figures, Maps, Diagrams and Tables
Introduction Aleksander Bursche
Part 1: History, Theory and Environment
Migration Studies in Archaeology: Building a Circumstantial Case Marzena J. Przybyła
Migration and Identity in Late Antiquity Peter Heather
The Migration Period in Poland in the Light of Literary Sources Marcin Wołoszyn
Pollen Evidence of Change in Environment and Settlement during the 1st Millennium AD Anna Pędziszewska, Małgorzata Latałowa, Joanna Święta-Musznicka, Marcelina Zimny, Mirosława Kupryjanowicz, Agnieszka Noryśkiewicz and Karolina Bloom
Part 2: Between the Oder and the Vistula
The Chronology Magdalena Mączyńska
Styles Anna Bitner-Wróblewska, Alexandra Pesch and Marzena J. Przybyła
Settlements Henryk Machajewski
Cemeteries and Burials Henryk Machajewski and Jan Schuster
Early Migration Period Nomadic Finds Judyta Rodzińska-Nowak
Shared Divine Imagery: Gold Bracteates Alexandra Pesch
The Southern Baltic Region Magdalena Mączyńska
Southern and Central Poland Magdalena Mączyńska
Part 3: Case Studies
Kujawy (Central Poland) between Antiquity and Middle Ages Marcin Rudnicki and Mirosław Rudnicki
Roman Origin and Migration Period Military Equipment from Kujawy Bartosz Kontny and Marcin Rudnicki
The Hoard from Łubiana in Pomerania Magdalena Mączyńska
The Hoard of Solidi from Karsibór in Western Pomerania Anna Zapolska
The Gold Hoard from Suchań in Western Pomerania and Its Context Aleksander Bursche and Bartłomiej Rogalski
New Evidence for the Migration Period in the Central Prosna Basin Sławomir Miłek
Part 4: Beyond the Oder and the Vistula
Southern Scandinavia in the Migration Period – an Overview Andreas Rau
The Making of the Vidivarii: Germanic and Baltic Interculturation in the Late 5th Century Bartosz Kontny
The Balt Neighbours – the Olsztyn Group Anna Bitner Wróblewska
Migration-Period Culture and Changes in the East European Forest-Steppe Zone Michail Lyubichev and Kyrylo Myzgin
Who Were the Gepids and Ostrogoths on the Middle Danube in the 5th Century? An Archaeological Perspective Zsófia Rácz
Between the Rhine, the Danube and the Oder from the 5th to the End of the 7th Century: a Sketch Michael Schmauder and Jan Schuster
East Germanic and Alano-Sarmatian Finds of the Early Migration Period in the Roman West Michel Kazanski
The Migration Period between the Oder and the Vistula: an Outline Aleksander Bursche, Małgorzata Latałowa and Magdalena Mączyńska
Afterword Aleksander Bursche and Magdalena Mączyńska
All interested in the archaeology and history of the Migration Period in Central and Eastern Europe, and the phenomena of human mobility and environmental changes in the first millennium AD.