ABOUT THE OLD SLAVIC RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS. A POINT IN THE DEBATE
The author discusses the work of P. Salkowski (2001), which is devoted to Slavic construction between the 5th / 6th century and the first half of the 10th century. Formally, the work takes into account the entire Slavic area (except for its southern peripheries); in reality, the areas of Belarus and Russia are treated marginally. Unfortunately, the monograph includes only a general list of sites which were taken into account and contains no information on the number and types of facilities discovered in their areas nor how they were dated. In principle, the proposed typological division of residential buildings seems accurate. The lack of reference to previous attempts at classifying the homesteads by W. Szymanski, P. Donat, Z. Kobylinski, and M. Dulinicz (inter alia) is a shortcoming. The author also omits a significant category of buildings comprising a tight row of the so-called of circular development on the inside of a rampart of fortified settlements (e.g. strongholds in Szeligi, Gostyn, inter alia). A breakdown of the attempts made at the reconstruction of the appearance and construction technologies of homesteads is of significant value. The article points to a series of shortcomings of the analysed paper; however, it has to be said that it is an attempt at a thorough ordering of the knowledge on the residential development of the Slavs, undertaken according to a clear and rationally constructed pattern.
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