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REGULAR SETTLEMENTS IN SCANDINAVIA; THE METROLOGICAL APPROACH

REGULAR SETTLEMENTS IN SCANDINAVIA; THE METROLOGICAL APPROACH REGULAR SETTLEMENTS IN SCANDINAVIA; THE METROLOGICAL APPROACH SOLVE GORANSSON The settlement patterns of parts of Sweden and Denmark ~ave been characterised by a marked propor­ tion of regularly shaped villages. In some areas this element was predominant. Even today, on Oland - off the Swedish east coast - a landscape of regular villages can be studied (Fig. 1). Many of these are situated along ancient beach ridges, or below and parallel to anescarpment line bordering a flat limestone plateau. These long villages are generally so harmoniously placed in the landscape and so congenially adapted to it, that scholars have been inclined to :look upon them as reflections of the physical background itself, in terms of both the siting of the villages and their forms: in fact the~e settlements are deliberate creations (Goransson 1975). Many questions arise when contemplating such a picture: at what level of social activity were these settlemen~s planned; by which groups and individuals were they laid out; at what date or during which per1ods did this happen; what purpose did the regularity serve; was it an internal development or an innovation derived from another culture. August Meitzen, in his magistral work on Europe~n settlements and agrarian http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Landscape History Taylor & Francis

REGULAR SETTLEMENTS IN SCANDINAVIA; THE METROLOGICAL APPROACH

Landscape History , Volume 1 (1): 8 – Jan 1, 1979

REGULAR SETTLEMENTS IN SCANDINAVIA; THE METROLOGICAL APPROACH

Landscape History , Volume 1 (1): 8 – Jan 1, 1979

Abstract

REGULAR SETTLEMENTS IN SCANDINAVIA; THE METROLOGICAL APPROACH SOLVE GORANSSON The settlement patterns of parts of Sweden and Denmark ~ave been characterised by a marked propor­ tion of regularly shaped villages. In some areas this element was predominant. Even today, on Oland - off the Swedish east coast - a landscape of regular villages can be studied (Fig. 1). Many of these are situated along ancient beach ridges, or below and parallel to anescarpment line bordering a flat limestone plateau. These long villages are generally so harmoniously placed in the landscape and so congenially adapted to it, that scholars have been inclined to :look upon them as reflections of the physical background itself, in terms of both the siting of the villages and their forms: in fact the~e settlements are deliberate creations (Goransson 1975). Many questions arise when contemplating such a picture: at what level of social activity were these settlemen~s planned; by which groups and individuals were they laid out; at what date or during which per1ods did this happen; what purpose did the regularity serve; was it an internal development or an innovation derived from another culture. August Meitzen, in his magistral work on Europe~n settlements and agrarian

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2160-2506
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10.1080/01433768.1979.10594341
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Abstract

REGULAR SETTLEMENTS IN SCANDINAVIA; THE METROLOGICAL APPROACH SOLVE GORANSSON The settlement patterns of parts of Sweden and Denmark ~ave been characterised by a marked propor­ tion of regularly shaped villages. In some areas this element was predominant. Even today, on Oland - off the Swedish east coast - a landscape of regular villages can be studied (Fig. 1). Many of these are situated along ancient beach ridges, or below and parallel to anescarpment line bordering a flat limestone plateau. These long villages are generally so harmoniously placed in the landscape and so congenially adapted to it, that scholars have been inclined to :look upon them as reflections of the physical background itself, in terms of both the siting of the villages and their forms: in fact the~e settlements are deliberate creations (Goransson 1975). Many questions arise when contemplating such a picture: at what level of social activity were these settlemen~s planned; by which groups and individuals were they laid out; at what date or during which per1ods did this happen; what purpose did the regularity serve; was it an internal development or an innovation derived from another culture. August Meitzen, in his magistral work on Europe~n settlements and agrarian

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Landscape HistoryTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 1979

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