In all early complex societies we find places that have had a special function of somekind, apart from being agrarian or fishing communities (in some cases with noagrarian/fishing activity at all). Normally we call themCentral Places, and the defi-nition is that these places had some function or significance exceeding the partic-ular site or settlement, hence some kind of ‘power’ over a wider area, a hinterland(cf Brink 1996, 237). In Sweden, especially eastern Sweden, we know of, from theearly medieval period (adc1100–1300), some royal strongholds or farms, often calledSwhusabyar, being part of abona regalia(see eg Brink 2000). From the Scandinavianprehistoric period (hence beforeadc1100) we can deduce some other focal sites in thelandscape, the most notable settlements containing the element -tuna(see eg Brink1996, 263–264; Hellberg 1985).
|Title of host publication||Maritime Societies of the Viking and Medieval World|
|Publisher||The Society for Medieval Archaeology|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2016|
Brink, S. (2016). Trading Hubs or Political Centres of Power? Maritime Focal Sites in Early Sweden. In Maritime Societies of the Viking and Medieval World (Vol. 37). The Society for Medieval Archaeology.