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The Vidivarii

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  • george knysh
    Focusing on populations dynamics in early Poland. According to Jordanes (GET. sec. 36) beyond the Sclavini,on the other side of the Vistula and up to the
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      Focusing on populations dynamics in early Poland.
      According to Jordanes (GET. sec. 36) beyond the
      Sclavini,on the other side of the Vistula and up to
      the Baltic, "ubi tribus faucibus fluenta Vistulae
      fluminis ebibuntur Vidivarii resident, ex diversis
      nationibus adgregati". The archaeological equivalent
      of these Vidivarii seems to be the Dzedzici (sp?) type
      materials (6th and 7th c.)[spread from the Vistula to
      the Oder] which have affinities both to Slavic culture
      (burial rite, many ceramic forms)and to Germanic
      culture (house construction). Not until well into the
      7th c. do typical Slavic houses appear in the area.
      What is the current view in Poland as to these
      "Vidivarii"? Are they considered a kind of
      Germano-Slavic mixture, or is some other explanation offered?

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