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The houses at Elisenhof (completed)

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Dr. Petra Westphalen

The Viking Age terp, or dwelling mound, of Elisenhof, which existed from the 8th and probably until the 11th century, and which shows evidence of seasonal usage during the High and Late Middle Ages, lies on the North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein, near the mouth of the River Eider. It was partly excavated by Albert Bantelmann in 1957–1958 and 1961–1964. In the present study, the numerous house sites were being examined. The terp stands out by virtue of its exceptionally well-preserved wooden building remains. Within the framework of the investigation, the findings will be represented and summarised on the basis of the extensive excavation documentation and the individual post-excavation studies which have been completed. The focus of the study is on the analysis and interpretation of all the house sites. The detailed analysis is concentrated on the house types. Evidence for internal division into rooms, and the possible function or functions of the buildings, is being examined. In the case of some of the houses, their constructional framework can be demonstrated. The examination of preceding and succeeding constructions makes it possible, at a few house sites, to establish a stratigraphic sequence for the findings at Elisenhof. A model for a reconstructed settlement plan, revealing the settlement development at Elisenhof, is the aim of the investigation. The resulting overall view will permit classification of the Elisenhof settlement within the economic structure of Early Medieval times.


The monograph on the research results was published in 2015.

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