A multi-proxy, diachronic and spatial perspective on the urban activities within an indigenous community in medieval Riga, Latvia

Rowena Yvonne Banerjea , Monika Badura , Uldis Kalējs , Aija Cerina , Krzysztof Gos , Sheila Hamilton-Dyer , Mark Maltby , Krish Seetah , Aleks Pluskowski


The research presented here represents the first urban medieval context in Latvia where an integrated, multi-proxy environmental sampling strategy has been applied. The establishment of Riga, the modern capital of Latvia, is synonymous with the Livonian Crusade, and the foundation of the medieval town is examined here. This study uses an intra-site comparison of environmental datasets from several buildings to provide a unique, high resolution, diachronic analysis of the daily life of the inhabitants within the pre-Hansa town, and specifically of the indigenous ‘Liv’ population during the period of the Livonian crusades, 1198–1291. The integrated zooarchaeological, archaebotanical, and geochemical datasets from two successive phases of buildings show a pattern of tradition and continuity in indigenous practices within the ‘Liv District’. Despite being located within Riga with access to wide trade networks, the environmental results from ‘Liv district’ show the self-contained, insular nature of the diet and craft activities of the inhabitants who exploited a range of open grassland, wetland and forest edge environments around the town.
Author Rowena Yvonne Banerjea - [University of Reading]
Rowena Yvonne Banerjea,,
, Monika Badura (FB/DPE)
Monika Badura,,
- Department of Plant Ecolog
, Uldis Kalējs - [Architectural Investigation Group Limited]
Uldis Kalējs,,
, Aija Cerina - [University of Latvia]
Aija Cerina,,
, Krzysztof Gos (FB/DPTNC)
Krzysztof Gos,,
- Department of Plant Taxonomy and Nature Conservation
, Sheila Hamilton-Dyer
Sheila Hamilton-Dyer,,
, Mark Maltby - [Bournemouth University]
Mark Maltby,,
, Krish Seetah - [Stanford University]
Krish Seetah,,
, Aleks Pluskowski - [University of Reading]
Aleks Pluskowski,,
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Journal seriesQuaternary International: The Journal of the International Union for Quaternary Research, ISSN 1040-6182, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.90
ASJC Classification1904 Earth-Surface Processes
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2017.02.006
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)30
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 30.0, 14-08-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 1.000; Scopus Citations = 4.000; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.964; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.163 (2) - 2017=2.488 (5)
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