The Making of the Slavs: History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, c.500–700

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 12, 2001 - History - 463 pages
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This book offers an alternative approach to the problem of Slavic ethnicity in south-eastern Europe between c. 500 and c. 700, from the perspective of current anthropological theories. The conceptual emphasis here is on the relation between material culture and ethnicity. The author demonstrates that the history of the Sclavenes and the Antes begins only at around 500 AD. He also points to the significance of the archaeological evidence, which suggests that specific artefacts may have been used as identity markers. This evidence also indicates the role of local leaders in building group boundaries and in leading successful raids across the Danube. Because of these military and political developments, Byzantine authors began employing names such as Sclavines and Antes in order to make sense of the process of group identification that was taking place north of the Danube frontier. Slavic ethnicity is therefore shown to be a Byzantine invention.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES
6
Chapter 2 SOURCES FOR THE HISTORY OF THE EARLY SLAVS c 500700
36
Chapter 3 THE SLAVS IN EARLY MEDIEVAL SOURCES c 500700
74
Chapter 4 THE BALKANS AND THE DANUBE LIMES DURING THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH CENTURIES
120
AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY
190
THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE
227
POWER IN EARLY SLAVIC SOCIETY
311
THE MAKING OF THE SLAVS
335
Appendix A LIST OF SETTLEMENT FEATURES USED IN THE SERIATION BY CORRESPONDENCE ANALYSIS
351
Appendix B HANDMADE AND WHEELMADE POTS USED FOR SHAPE ANALYSIS
366
REFERENCES
372
INDEX
451
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