Rethinking periodization in post-Roman southeastern Europe: the case-study of Dalmatia

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Periodization of historical periods is a way to divide the past into well-defined,
mutually different periods of time, such as for example: Antiquity, Late Antiquity, Middle Ages, etc. While it is clear that these historical periods are modern constructs, they still provide useful templates against which historians and archaeologists interpret the past in more successful ways. This paper focuses on the territory of the late antique Roman province of Dalmatia, mapping, through the archaeological record from the sixth to ninth century, the social change which brought in the transition from the ‘ancient’ to ‘medieval’ era. This reassessment of the transition from the ancient world into Middle Ages, while specific to Dalmatia, provides material for comparative analyses with the other regions of south-eastern Europe and the Balkans, which went through comparable processes of transition after the Byzantine evacuation of this region in c. 620.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-76
Number of pages22
JournalArchaeologia Bulgarica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • historical periodization
  • Dalmatia
  • Balkans
  • Late Antiquity
  • early Middle Ages
  • cemeteries
  • migration
  • elites
  • Elites
  • Migrations
  • Late antiquity
  • Early middle ages
  • Cemeteries
  • Historical periodization


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