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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages$
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Jayne Carroll, Andrew Reynolds, and Barbara Yorke

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266588

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.001.0001

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Cooking-Pit Sites as Assembly Sites: Lunde in Vestfold, South-East Norway—A Regional Assembly Site in the Early Iron Age?

Cooking-Pit Sites as Assembly Sites: Lunde in Vestfold, South-East Norway—A Regional Assembly Site in the Early Iron Age?

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(p.107) 5 Cooking-Pit Sites as Assembly Sites: Lunde in Vestfold, South-East Norway—A Regional Assembly Site in the Early Iron Age?
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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages
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Marie Ødegaard

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.003.0005

This chapter discusses large cooking-pit sites as remains of large-scale gatherings, and investigates whether they could have functioned as early assembly sites. Three such locations in Vestfold county, south-east Norway, are discussed, with a particular focus on one of them, Lunde—one of Northern Europe’s largest cooking-pit sites. This chapter examines the possible relationship between them, medieval thing sites and later administrative areas. Cooking-pit sites fall out of use around ad 600, a change that corresponds with several cultural-historical transformations in Scandinavia. The different integrated components of the sites—cultic, juridical and military functions—were divided spatially at that time, perhaps as a result of changing social structures and establishment of petty kingdoms in Eastern Norway. In time, however, royal control over the thing organisation grew increasingly, leading to more formalised systems of governance and administration.

Keywords:   cooking-pit sites, Vestfold county, medieval thing sites, cultural-historical transformations, social structures, petty kingdoms, governance and administration

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