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Reasons, Trends and Motivations in the Transformation of Settlement Structure during the Medieval and Post-medieval Periods in the Czech Republic

Author(s): Lukáš Holata

Year: 2013

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The transformation of settlement structure during the medieval and post-medieval periods was mainly characterised by the abandonment of villages and the subsequent rise of other types of settlement unit. Although these processes have influenced the basic shape of the present landscape, their study is still neglected in Czech archaeology. Therefore, I try to reveal reasons, trends and also motivations within and behind these processes. This research focuses on three regions in the Czech Republic where an (almost) complete settlement network was available. Various characteristics of the villages are examined and archaeological methods are also combined with written sources. In contrast to sudden events which were the focus of past research (e.g. wars, epidemics, natural disasters), the results of my present research demonstrates the primacy of social-economical factors in connection with specific surrounding and natural conditions.


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Reasons, Trends and Motivations in the Transformation of Settlement Structure during the Medieval and Post-medieval Periods in the Czech Republic. Lukáš Holata. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428412)


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min long: 12.094; min lat: 48.581 ; max long: 18.851; max lat: 51.052 ;

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PaperId(s): 620

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America