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Die Rus’ im 9.–10. Jahrhundert. Ein archäologisches Panorama

Buchcover Die Rus’ im 9.–10. Jahrhundert

Nikolaj A. Makarov

Die Rus’ im 9.–10. Jahrhundert. Ein archäologisches Panorama

541 pages, numerous illustrations

Wachholtz-Verlag/Murmann Publishers 59,00 Euro

ISBN: 9783529013744







Welt und Umwelt frühmesolithischer Jäger und Sammler

Buchcover Dissertation D. Gross

Daniel Groß

Welt und Umwelt frühmesolithischer Jäger und Sammler

Untersuchungen und Materialien zur Steinzeit in Schleswig-Holstein und im Ostseeraum

Band 8.


Verlag Ludwig 2017

ISBN 978-3-86935-318-0
ISSN 2510-313X




Aikaterini Glykou: Neustadt LA 156. Ein submariner Fundplatz des späten Mesolithikums und des frühesten Neolithikums in Schleswig-Holstein

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Neustadt LA 156. Ein submariner Fundplatz des späten Mesolithikums und des frühesten Neolithikums in Schleswig-Holstein. Untersuchungen zur Subsistenzstrategie der letzten Jäger, Sammler und Fischer an der norddeutschen Ostseeküste.

Untersuchungen und Materialien zur Steinzeit in Schleswig-Holstein und im Ostseeraum

Band 7

Wachholtz Verlag – Murmann Publishers, Kiel/Hamburg 2016.


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Das Thorsberger Moor vol. 3

Thorsberger Moor, Volume 3

The  military equipment. Investigations comparing Roman and Germanic weaponry

By Suzana Matešič

Publisher and distributor: Verein zur Förderung des Archäologischen Landesmuseums e.V., Schloss Gottorf

Schleswig 2015

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The publication of the third volume completes the 'Thorsberger Moor' series of monographs. This final volume deals with the military equipment found in the Thorsberger Moor. It is in two parts and includes a comprehensive catalogue and 124 colour plates. The text part contains analyses of the various find categories: swords, shields, helmets, chain-mail and miscellaneous other weaponry. In some categories, previous typologies could be expanded, thereby confirming the limited spatial distribution of certain types. In other cases, new typologies were elaborated to specifically reflect the range of types represented in the Thorsberger find spectrum. Comparison of the decorations allowed some of the finds related to swords to be grouped into sets. Moreover, in the course of the excavation, several find concentrations were recorded: these are now presented and analysed together as find assemblages. The deliberate destruction of objects is discussed, as are the Roman and Germanic inscriptions on objects. A chronological evaluation reveals how many deposits in the Thorsberger Moor could be determined on the basis of the militaria; how these are dated; and to what extent the results correspond with the results of the analyses of the horse harnesses and personal equipment.
An important objective of the study was to investigate the Roman and Roman-influenced Germanic militaria in the find material. Indeed, not only was a considerable proportion of the militaria in the Thorsberger Moor find material actually Roman, it could be proved that there were also typological relationships with certain supposedly purely Germanic types.
The investigation of the military equipment from the Thorsberger Moor was conducted on three levels. Find-specific examinations and find-category comparisons led, on the second level, to an analysis of the site in relation to the composition of the militaria together with the horse harnesses and the personal equipment. On the third level, the site itself was compared with other approximately contemporary sites with sacrificial deposits of war booty to determine any regional differences between the individual sites. Furthermore, the question of whether and to what extent the Thorsberger Moor find spectrum has parallels in Scandinavian and Continental graves containing weapons, thus implying possible cultural connections, is discussed; as is the extent to which possible insights are limited by cremation as the prevailing form of burial and a very selective custom of weapons as grave goods. Finally, the range of Roman militaria types observed in the Thorsberger Moor is compared with those found outside and within the borders of the Roman Empire.
This publication supplements the already published monographs on horse harnesses and personal equipment and the collective volume on the history of the finds and their investigation, together with the scientific analyses and material assessments, so that, for the first time, the metal and leather finds from the Thorsberger Moor are presented in their entirety.

Flint Daggers in Prehistoric Europe

Flint Daggers in Prehistoric Europe

Catherine J. Frieman; Berit Valentin Eriksen (Editors)

Regular Price: £40.00
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ISBN: 9781785700187 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2015 | Language: English 176p, H280 x W216 (mm) black/white illustrations

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For more than a century flint daggers have been among the most closely studied and most heavily published later prehistoric lithic tools. It is well established that they are found across Europe and beyond, and that many were widely circulated over many generations. Yet, few researchers have attempted to discuss the entirety of the flint dagger phenomenon. The present volume brings together papers that address questions of the regional variability and socio-technical complexity of flint daggers and their production. It focuses on the typology, chronology, technology, functionality and meaning of flint and other lithic daggers produced primarily in Europe, but also in the Eastern Mediterranean and East Asia, in prehistory. The 14 papers by leading researchers provide a comprehensive overview of the state of knowledge concerning various flint dagger corpora as well as potential avenues for the development of a research agenda across national, regional and disciplinary boundaries. The volume originates from a session held at the 2011 meeting of the European Association of Archaeology but includes additional commissioned contributions.

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1. Foreword
2. Introduction. Flint daggers: A historical, typological and methodological primer (Frieman & Eriksen)
3. Lithic Daggers in the Ancient Near East – Whence and Whither? (Zimmermann)
4. Dagger-like flint implements in Bronze Age Egypt (Graves-Brown)
5. Origins and Development of Flint Daggers in Italy (Guilbeau)
6. On flint and copper daggers in Chalcolithic Italy (Steiniger)
7. The Pressigny Phenomenon (Ihuel, Pelegrin, Mallet & Verjux)
8. The cultural biography of the Scandinavian daggers in the northern Netherlands (Van Gijn)
9. A parallel-flaked Scandinavian type flint dagger from Lent: an indicator of contacts between the central Netherlands and northern Jutland during Bell Beaker times (Drenth)
10. Bloody Daggers. A discussion of the function of Late Neolithic flint daggers from a South Scandinavian point of view (Varberg)
11. Making a point: Re-evaluating British flint daggers in their cultural and technological contexts (Frieman)
12. Bifacial flint daggers from the Early Bronze Age in Volhynia – Lesser Poland (Grużdź, Migal & Pyżewicz)
13. Silicite daggers from the territories of the Czech Republic and Slovakia (a preliminary study) (Přichystal and Šebela)
14. Metal Adoption and the Emergence of Stone Daggers in Northeast Asia (Shoda)
15. ‘Art thou but a dagger of the mind?’ Understanding lithic daggers in Europe and beyond (Frieman)

The Powers of Animals. Migration Period gold collars and the fundamentals of Germanic art

Alexandra Pesch: Die Kraft der Tiere. Völkerwanderungszeitliche Goldhalskragen und die Grundsätze germanischer Kunst. Unter Mitarbeit von Jan Peder Lamm, Maiken Fecht und Barbara Armbruster (Kataloge des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums 47, zugleich Schriften des archäologischen Landesmuseums, Monographien 12). Mainz 2015.

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The three fifth-century gold collars from Sweden are exquisite pieces of jewellery of the highest technical and iconographic quality, outstanding products of their time. They were found in the nineteenth century already and have fascinated both amateurs and professionals ever since. Nevertheless, this is the first major academic monograph on the 'regal insignia'. The illustrations are excellent. The emphasis is on how the collars were made, who wore them and what was their significance. Above all, however, the hundreds of figurative images decorating the collars are analysed in detail: tiny figures of animals, hybrid creatures and deities, symbols and signs.  An elaborate pictorial language, based mainly on images of animals, was in widespread use in northern Europe around AD 450. The interdisciplinary approach of this book allows us to penetrate the meaning of these miniatures. The deciphering of the pictorial code provides an in-depth insight into an in many ways mysterious past and the mindscapes of the Germanic people in pre-Christian times.

Hardcover (21 x 30 cm), 671 pages, 720 illustrations, mainly in colour, and 53 colour plates.  With appendices in Swedish (archive information on the finds) and a comprehensive English summary.

Archäologie und Runen

O.Grimm/A.Pesch (Hrsg.), Archäologie und Runen - Fallstudien zu Inschriften im älteren Futhark

Beiträge zum Workshop am Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie (ZBSA) in Schleswig am 3./4. Februar 2011

Schriften des Archäologischen Landesmuseums - Ergänzungsreihe vol. 11Cover Archäologie und Runen




25 articles, partly in English, 488 pages

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Wachholtz-Verlag/Murmann Publishers 49,80 Euro

ISBN: 9783529018817

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Das Thorsberger Moor, Band 2

Thorsberger Moor, Volume 2

Personal equipment

by Ruth Blankenfeldt

Publisher and Distributor: Verein zur Förderung des Archäologischen Landesmuseums e.V., Schloss Gottorf
Schleswig 2015
59 colour platesCover Thorsberg 2

The second volume of the "Thorsberger Moor" series presents finds from the sacrificial site that can be described as warriors' personal equipment. These finds include dress accessories such as brooches and belt fittings, utilitarian objects, jewellery and other personal items. Also included in this study are some exceptional pieces of a highly prestigious nature: two gold-plated decorative discs and a curved sheet of metal, also covered with gold foil.
The number of sacrificial deposits and the chronology of their deposition are discussed on the basis of archaeological and historical analyses. Since the finds from sacrificial sites with votive deposits of military equipment are usually non-local objects, they are also considered with a view to determining the geographical and cultural origin of the defeated warriors.
Given the particular preservation conditions, i.e. with a very low pH value, artefacts made of iron have rarely survived in the Thorsberger Moor. Moreover, the chemical conditions have also diminished the preservation of objects with a high apatite content (horn and bone). As a result, there is absolutely no trace of the traditional chronological 'indicators', such as lance and spearheads or combs, which on the basis of their raw material and form would normally yield detailed information about the origin of their former owners. Consequently, costume accessories, especially brooches and belt fittings, become the main chronological and chorological indicators for the deposits in the Thorsberger Moor.
The two gold-plated discs and the curved sheet can be classified among the most magnificent pieces of equipment of a social and military elite. They are high-quality status symbols made of precious material and are richly decorated with figurative art. However, neither the discs nor the curved sheet permit an analysis of the origin of the warriors or the dates of the votive depositions in the Thorsberger Moor. Artistically, these exceptional finds can be placed in the context of decorative insignia from North European Barbaricum and are thus prestigious evidence of early Germanic art.

Stefanie Klooß: Mit Einbaum und Paddel zum Fischfang

Mit Einbaum und Paddel zum Fischfang − Holzartefakte von endmesolithischen und frühneolithischen Küstensiedlungen an der südwestlichen Ostseeküste

(Out fishing with a dugout and paddle − wooden artefacts from the late Mesolithic and early Neolithic coastal settlements on the southwestern Baltic coast) with its cover illustration of a dugout and paddle is a study carried out by Stephanie Klooß of Kiel.Cover Klooss It is published as Volume 6 in the series Untersuchungen und Materialien zur Steinzeit in Schleswig-Holstein und im Ostseeraum (Studies and materials of the Stone Age in Schleswig-Holstein and the Baltic Area). This is the second volume to be edited as a collaborative undertaking by the Archäologisches Landesmuseum (ALM) and the Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie (ZBSA). The aim of the study was the dendrochronological and technological-ergological examination of wooden artefacts from late Mesolithic and early Neolithic sites on the southwestern Baltic coast of northern Germany that were archaeologically investigated recently.

Petra Westphalen: Die Häuser von der frühgeschichtlichen Warft Elisenhof

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Among the major archaeological research projects concerning the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein is, without a doubt, the early medieval dwelling mount of Elisenhof on Eiderstedt near Tönning in the District of Nordfriesland. The site has been repeatedly investigated since the 1960s and has appeared and been discussed in numerous publications. This Viking Age inland settlement at the mouth of the River Eider is an important regional and functional counterpart to the early urban trading centre of Hedeby (Haithabu) on the River Schlei. In the present volume, the numerous house remains and other features found in the settlement on the Elisenhof dwelling mound have also been presented and discussed in detail.

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Quo vadis? Status and Future Perspectives of Long-Term Excavations in Europe

Schriften des Archäologischen Landesmuseums – Ergänzungsreihe Band 10

Claus von Carnap-Bornheim (ed.)

Quo Vadis? Status and Future Perspectives of Long-Term Excavations in Europe

International conference, Schleswig, 26.–28. Oct. 2011

15 articles on famous and long-known excavations sites in Europe completely in English

280 pages with many illustrations

Wachholtz Verlag, Neumünster/Hamburg 2014,
ISBN 9783529018800

50 Euro



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Chamber graves in the Barbaricum

On Influences and Transitional Phenomena from the Pre-Roman Iron Age to the Migration Period

International conference
Schleswig, 25–27 November, 2010

Angelika Abegg-Wigg/Nina Lau (eds), Kammergräber im Barbaricum. Zu Einflüssen und Übergangsphänomenen von der vorrömischen Eisenzeit bis in die Völkerwanderungszeit (Chamber graves in the Barbaricum. On Influences and Transitional Phenomena from the Pre-Roman Iron Age to the Migration Period) in Schriften des Archäologischen Landesmuseums Ergänzungsreihe Band 9 (Publications of the State Archaeological Museum, Volume 9), published by Wachholtz Verlag, Neumünster/Hamburg 2014, 448 pages, ISBN 978 3 529 01879 4

Lavishly furnished burial chambers are a striking phenomenon among the burial customs of the 1st to 4th centuries AD in central and northern Europe. The current archaeological research on these graves is presented in a publication that appeared in April 2014, in which further chamber graves dating to as late as the 6th century are also considered. The geographical area stretches from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Britain, Germany, Poland and Slovakia to the Czech Republic and Hungary. Some chamber graves were already excavated in the 19th century but new information has come, above all, from well-preserved grave structures that have been discovered recently and archaeologically documented in detail.

The two editors, Dr Angelika Abegg-Wigg and Dr Nina Lau, point out that this volume provides a compact overall review of the origins and development of burials in chamber graves. Angelika Abegg-Wigg, curator at the State Archaeological Museum, and Nina Lau, research associate at the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, had organised the international conference on the subject at Schloss Gottorf in 2010. The papers presented then are thus now available in print.

This publication is Volume 9 in the series entitled  Schriften des Archäologischen Landesmuseums Ergänzungsreihe. It contains papers by 24 authors, in German and English, together with numerous illustrations, some in colour.

Nydam Mose, Band 3 und 4. Die Schiffe.

Andreas Rau (Hrsg.).

Nydam 3 CoverIn two books, Nydam Mose 3 & 4 − Die Schiffe (Nydam bog 3 & 4 − the boats), the ZBSA has published new studies on a well-known find, the Nydam boat. Further excavations in Nydam bog by the Danish National Museum in the 1990s brought to light important new information on the Nydam boat and two other boats that were also deposited in Nydam bog. These new excavations have been published by Flemming Rieck (Køge Museum), with descriptions of the finds, illustrations of selected objects  and excavation diagrams (Nydam Mose 3). A group of renowned scholars from Denmark and Germany have also re-evaluated the technological and functional role of the Nydam boat finds: these studies have been combined in a richly illustrated volume of essays (Nydam Mose 4).

The project was directed by Dr Andreas Rau of the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology (ZBSA). The publication of the latest research on one of the most important archaeological objects connected with the early history of central and northern Europe thus coincided with the 150th anniversary of its discovery (the Nydam boat was found and excavated in 1863).

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Die frühe Phase der Urbanisierung an der südlichen Ostseeküste im ersten nachchristlichen Jahrtausend

Sunhild Kleingärtner

Kleingärtner CoverStarting in the 8th century AD, a number of so-called maritime trading centres were established in the Baltic area. They differed in structure from the other settlements on the southern Baltic coast. Now, for the first time, Sunhild Kleingärtner provides a detailed synopsis of the characteristics and development of the maritime trading centres at Groß Strömkendorf, Rostock-Dierkow, Menzlin and Ralswiek, from a diachronic perspective.

Her study is published as Volume 13 in the series Studien zur Siedlungsgeschichte und Archäologie der Ostseegebiete (Studies on the settlement history and archaeology of the Baltic area, founded by Friedhelm Debus and Michael Müller-Wille), edited by Claus von Carnap-Bornheim of the Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie (ZBSA), Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf in Schleswig, and Matthias Wemhoff of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin − Preußischer Kulturbesitz, in collaboration with Ulrich Müller, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte at Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel.

21 x 29.7 cm, 512 pages with numerous illustrations and plates, hardback.

Published in the series Studien zur Siedlungsgeschichte und Archäologie der Ostseegebiete, Bd. 13

ISBN: 3 529 013730

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Die frühmittelalterlichen Ringwälle im westlichen und mittleren Holstein

Thorsten Lemm

Die frühmittelalterlichen Ringwälle im westlichen und mittleren Holstein

This book, which has been written as a doctoral thesis at the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, represents the first comprehensive work on the ring-forts from the 9th to the 11th centuries within the former Saxon settlement area north of the river Elbe. In detail the author discusses the fortresses´ locations, constructions and find materials and interprets them within their archaeological, historical and geographical contexts. Even military-theoretical considerations are included within the interpretations. As a result of his analyses and by taking account of recent historical conclusions the author presents an all new perspective on the ring-forts and Saxon Northelbia as a whole.


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Published by the Archaeological State Museum and the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology under the aegis of the Foundation of the Schleswig-Holstein State Museums at Schloss Gottorf.

21 x 29,7 cm, 776 p., 2 vol., numerous illustrations and plates, 2013

In the series Publications of the Archaeological State Museum Vol. 11


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Goldsmith Mysteries

Archaeolocigal, pictorial and documentary evidence from the 1st Millennium AD in Northern Europe

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Nina Lau: Pilgramsdorf / Pielgrzymowo. Ein Fundplatz der römischen Kaiserzeit in Nordmasowien. Eine Studie zu Archivalien, Grabsitten und Fundbestand

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224 pages, English and Polish summary

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