Von Dietlind Paddenberg. Mit Beiträgen von A. Alsleben, A. Bartel, S. Jahns und R. Wiechmann

Die Funde der jungslawischen Feuchtbodensiedlung von Parchim-Löddigsee, Kr. Parchim, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

19.0 x 29.0 cm, 502 p., 10 tables b/w, 125 maps, 14 illustrations color, 24 illustrations b/w, 64 Tafeln mit Strichzeichnungen, 125 farbige Karten auf 34 Tafeln, 1 Faltkarte als Beilage, Katalog auf CD-Rom, hardback
59,80 €

ISBN: 9783895008764
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Short Description

The late Slavonic trading place of Parchim-Löddigsee was completely excavated from 1981 to 1999. This unique research situation enabled the analysis of ca 6.000 small finds not only in a typological, chronological and functional way, but also spatially, chorologically and structurally. The sensational preservation allowed an extraordinary insight into the structure of a so-called “central place” of the 11th/12th century AD, which was characterised by a massive fortification, the presence of an aristocratic class, a long-distance trading net, selective craft and a central sanctuary, as well as a completely differing, subsequent late medieval settlement site.


The present publication presents the results of more than twenty years of research in late Slavonic archaeology, not only in the area of Western Mecklenburg, but in the Northeast of Germany and its neighbouring areas, from the Kingdom of the Franks to Poland/Hungary and from Scandinavia to the Byzantine Empire.
For the first time ever, from 1981 to 1999 a fortified late Slavonic trading place with a subsequent, late medieval settlement was excavated in its full extent in Parchim-Löddigsee, Lkr. Parchim (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). As a result of waterlogged deposits the place was characterised by an excellent preservation - even of organic material -, and by a find assemblage which differs widely from the average assemblage in Slavonic settlement sites; for example, it contained a large amount of imported objects. Besides thousands of pottery sherds and animal bones ca 6.000 small finds were recovered for analysis. This enabled to scientifically reconstruct a so-called central place in the middle of the Northwest Slavonic settlement area, which was not known in this form before. Amongst other things, the place was characterised by a massive fortification, the presence of an aristocratic class, a long-distance trading net and selective craft; above all the place had a central sanctuary.
In train of ameliorations activities in 1975, late Slavonic pottery, animal bones and wooden construction elements were recovered. On one hand the preservation of organic remains was given, on the other hand the preservation was endangered by the ongoing land improvement activities. The first indication that the site somewhat differed from ordinary Slavonic settlement sites was given by a richly decorated antler artefact. This and other extraordinary surface finds finally lead to the beginning of large-scale excavations. From 1981 to 1991 more than half of the settlement area was excavated, and the place operated as the “main research project of the Landesmuseum Schwerin”.
In train of the political change in Eastern Germany the excavations stopped from 1992 on for several years. They finally continued and could be completely finished from 1996 to 1999. All in all fifteen years of field work had led to the excavation of the whole settlement site. This is until today a unique research situation for settlements of this kind and age.
This situation facilitated for the first time the analysis of the find assemblage not only in a typological, chronological and functional way, but also spatially, chorologically and structurally. Detailed maps of the typologically and chronologically defined find objects enable - together with pollen and macro botanical, textile and numismatic analysis - an insight into the structure of a young Slavonic “central place”, a “Regiopol” of the 11th/12th century AD and its completely differing, subsequent late medieval settlement site.

Biographical Note

Dietlind Paddenberg

- born on 16/04/1970
- University studies in prehistory, classical archaeology, history and philosophy at Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Florence and Kiel
- M. A. (1998) and Ph. D. (2004) in prehistory at the University of Kiel (Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Michael Müller-Wille)
- Professional activity: Archaeologist at the “Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt” (department for archaeology of the German Federal State of Sachsen-Anhalt), section: preservation and care of field monuments
- Central field of research: underwater archaeology, waterlogged deposit archaeology, preservation and

Series Description

The series “Frühmittelalterliche Archäologie zwischen Ostsee und Mittelmeer” closes the gap in international research in Early History in the area between the Baltic and the Mediterranean. In essence, it covers the area of studies formerly known among researchers as West Slavic archaeology. The German and English monographs and collections of papers are supplemented by abstracts in German, English and Russian.


11th century, c 1000 to c 1099 (37) || 12th century, c 1100 to c 1199 (55) || Abodriten || Archaeology (527) || Archaeology by period / region (444) || Befestigung (6) || Brücke (2) || Byzantine Empire (40) || Central Europe (284) || Dänen || Fernhandel (3) || Fischerei || Franken (5) || Frankenreich (2) || Germany (242) || Gottschalk || Heiligtum (11) || Konrad II., Heiliges Römisches Reich, Kaiser || Landscape archaeology (121) || Linonen (2) || Lutizen || Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (7) || Mstislav || Neuburg || Niklot || Northeast Germany (17) || Parchim-Löddigsee || Poland (2) || Saxony (3) || Scarzyn || Schorrsin || Skandinavien (2) || Sklavenhandel || Slawen (3) || Slawische Archäologie || Slawische Sachkultur || Tempel (12) || Warnower || Wikinger || Zentralorte || c 1000 CE to c 1500 (376) || soziale Differenzierung