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1 April 2015 Place Names, Landscape, and Assembly Sites in Skåne, Sweden
Ola Svensson
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The paper discusses a particular type of assembly site in medieval and presumably even older times for the exercise of justice in the province of Skåne (Scania) in southern Sweden (Scandinavian medieval: approx. AD 1050–1520). Through a close and detailed consideration of historical and antiquarian research focused around two key landscape case studies—Torna hundred and Vemmenhög hundred—this study challenges long-established models of assembly formation, location, and naming. The paper concludes by providing an entirely new perspective on what place-names associated with legal practice and judicial administration might signal about the genesis and organization of early medieval systems of power and justice.

Ola Svensson "Place Names, Landscape, and Assembly Sites in Skåne, Sweden," Journal of the North Atlantic 8(sp8), 82-92, (1 April 2015).
Published: 1 April 2015
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