Early Medieval Slavic Industry: Na V’elách, a Great Moravian Craft Production Suburb
During summer 2013, an American archaeological team, in association with colleagues from Masaryk University in Brno, excavated a suburban settlement beyond the perimeter of Pohansko, a fortified, 9th-century Great Moravian stronghold in the southeastern Czech Republic. High population density maintaining stone-built structures was revealed, along with the hardware associated with craftworking in industrial fashion, something heretofore not documented among early Central European Slavic centers. Significant remains that share identical dimensions associated with textile production, as well as casting implements used in fine metalworking, demonstrate mass production, as do wheel-thrown graphite-polished ceramics in abundance. These industries, taken together with the expense of stone-built structures in Great Moravia, indicate either wealth or status not before expected among non-elite settlements in Early Slavic Europe. Ongoing excavations will assess the extent of this suburb in time and in space.
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Early Medieval Slavic Industry: Na V’elách, a Great Moravian Craft Production Suburb. Matthew Shaw, Petr Dresler, Michael Dietz, John Staeck. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437425)