Settlement evidence has long been an under-studied category of finds in examining the cultural changes which occurred in northern central Europe in the final centuries BC. These changes have been widely associated with the process of latènisation which affected most of the communities in the North European Plain in the Iron Age. This book addresses the central question of the mechanism and agency behind these changes, by examining material culture patterns. The study uses data from 89 systematically selected settlement sites located in the Oder River area, including places of production. The data is contextualised against the evidence from other central and northern European sites of similar chronology and against other categories of finds from the study area. The book also contains systematic catalogues of the examined sites, of their buildings, and of settlement features of other kinds.
Joanna Markiewicz earned her PhD from the University of Wrocław. Her research focuses on the central and northern European Iron Age, and her main interests include settlement archaeology, archaeology of crafts and archaeology of production, both in their theoretical and experimental aspects.
‘[This work] covers an area and material which has hardly been discussed before, particularly in English, and thus makes considerable amounts of evidence available for the first time. There is nothing comparable in both scope and depth available at the moment.’ Prof. Raimund Karl, Bangor University