Chronology is the factual basis for contextualising archaeology. This collection of papers aims to integrate local chronogical schemes with more comprehensive and general "master" chronologies. The studies focus on Germanic or Germanised populations during and after the Roman Empire's fall in the West: the rich Germanic archaeological sites provide a yardstick for other areas. The authors also play close attention to terminology with definitions of major periods, sub-periods and artefact-types and to the relationship between typology and computerised quantitive and statistical techniques. The papers, all in English, cover North-West Europe, Denmark and Britain.
Section I: The Continent 1. The Merovingian chronology of the Lower Rhine area: results and problems (Elke Nieveler and Frank Siegmund) 2. On the chronology of Merovingian-period grave goods in Alamannia (Claudia Theune) Synopsis of discussion (John Hines) Section II: Anglo-Saxon England 3. The role of Continental artefact-types in sixth-century Kentish chronology (Birte Brugmann) 4. The sixth-century transition in Anglian England: an analysis of female graves from Cambridgeshire (John Hines) 5. Dating burials of the seventh and eighth centuries: a case study from Ipswich, Suffolk (Christopher Scull and Alex Bayliss) Synopsis of discussion (John Hines and Karen Hoiland Nielsen) Section III: Scandinavia 6. Migration Period chronology in Norway (Siv Kristoffersen) 7. The assemblage from Hade in Gastrikland and its relevance for the chronology of the late Migration period in eastern Sweden (Bente Magnus) 8. The chronology of the Scandinavian gold bracteates (Morten Axboe) 9. A peaceful discussion of a martial topic: the chronology of Scandinavian weapon graves (Anne Norgard Jorgensen) 10. Female grave goods of southern and eastern Scandinavia from the Late Germanic Iron Age or Vendel Period (Karen Hoiland Nielsen) Synopsis of Discussion (John Hines) all papers except the synopses are followed by a summary in German