IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1112: Magdeburg – the Meadburgh?: Archeological, Political, and Cultural Aspects of the City's Early Medieval Origins

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Kaiser-Otto-Stiftung, Magdeburg
Organiser:Ingrid Wotschke, Independent Scholar, Magdeburg
Moderator/Chair:Ingrid Wotschke, Independent Scholar, Magdeburg
Paper 1112-aMagdeburg Cathedral Square between the 5th and 9th Centuries
(Language: English)
Rainer Kuhn, Stiftung Dome & Schlösser in Sachsen-Anhalt, Magdeburg
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - Sites
Paper 1112-bMagdeburg and the Middle Elbe Region before 800
(Language: English)
Fabian Gall, Landesamt für Denkmalpflege & Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - Sites
Paper 1112-cThe City's Name and Origins
(Language: English)
Ingrid Wotschke, Independent Scholar, Magdeburg
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Language and Literature - Comparative
Abstract

The aim is to suggest the probability of an early political and cultural centre on the site of the present Cathedral and surrounding area and to propose a new explanation of the City’s name. On grounds of archeological evidence from the Magdeburg Cathedral Hill and Square and from the Middle Elbe Region and with reference to comparable artefacts and other sources, the origins of the place and its name are seen in the existence of a meadburgh as centre of a pre-Carolingian kingship.