The article deals with the early medieval Strongholds in Mecklenburg and Pomerania called Feldberg type: Large fortifications with ramparts constructed mainly from wood and earth, often built on mountains, dated by finds and dendrochronological dates to the second half of 8th and the 9th century. On the basis of old and new research their fortification and building constructions, their development, their chronology, their political and social function and traditions are discussed. The Feldberg strongholds were tribal elite residences, instruments and symbols of power, but also constantly settled places, important elements of the settlement landscape and refuge places in dangerous times.
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