1 School of Culture and Society - Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University2 School of Culture and Society - Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University
A classical starting point for an archaeological discussion of hierarchy in Danish settlement research is the toft, particularly its size and position in the spatial arrangement of the medieval village. The main concern of this article is to identify and discuss related problems, in particular the epistemological challenges in recognising and interpreting the complex material expressions of hierarchy and the interrelationship of space and meaning. It is argued that the tofts can provide a basis for studies of hierarchy, but that the context is important, as many factors had an impact on size.
Hierarchies in Rural Settlements, 2013, p. 313-327