The place that lies between : Slavonia in the 10th and 11th centuries
MA Thesis in Medieval Studies, Central European University Budapest, May (2009)
Medieval Slavonia was a place between – a place between cultures and kingdoms. In the tenth and eleventh century it existed at the intersection of a variety of cultural, political, social, economic, and religious influences – making it a fascinating subject for a study of frontiers and borderlands. Unfortunately few written sources from this period survive, and those that do are often vague or ambiguous. It is the archaeological record, therefore, that provides the best hope for answering the many questions left unanswered by the historical record. The remains of burials – bones and grave goods – are by far the most well-documented archaeological evidence available for medieval Slavonia. Thus, it is the goal of this study to analyze the spatial distribution patterns of grave goods with the intention of identifying patterns of exchange and interaction. These patterns should, in turn, reveal the nature of Slavonia’s relationship with its neighbors during the tenth and eleventh centuries.