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Space organisation and zone of activities on the early medieval homestead at Pohansko (Czechia)



Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description The Early Medieval stronghold Pohansko is archaeologically excavated for more than 60. years, with excavations still ongoing. The central area of the stronghold consists of several homesteads, roads, burial grounds, church and more. So far, a total of seven rectangular or slightly longitudinal homesteads have been excavated and another 12 were recognised by geophysical prospection. The inner structure of the homesteads consists of several archaeological features located mostly along the edge of the homestead, with open space in the middle of the homestead. The homesteads themselves and their internal organisation have not yet been explored in detail. By geoarchaeological prospection techniques we attempted to identify archaeological structures and thus define the internal spatial organisation of the selected unexcavated homestead and to identify the zones of activities and interpret it in the terms of function. By combining magnetometry, magnetic susceptibility, spatial distribution of the microartefacts and multivariate statistical analysis, we outlined various manifestations of anthropogenic activity. We defined open space in with no detected activity in the middle of the homestead, the potential presence of non-sunken features, waste management at the homestead and non-ferrous metal production and possibly metalworking at or/and close to the homestead.
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