Old settlement country
The old settlement areas means a settlement historically developed early space as relative age indication of a populated area.
The old settlements are the result of the prehistoric conquest , in Central Europe around the 5th to 8th centuries. Preferred settlement areas were easily accessible Börde , loess and basin landscapes in central and southern Germany, gau landscapes in the southwest and the dry gees in the northwest, which are also known as favored areas. Initially, single and double courtyards as well as small hamlets (e.g. Drubbeln ) were created there.
Since the Carolingian era, the growing population has also developed the less favored terrain by expanding the corridors of existing settlements or clearing the forest and creating new villages in previously uninhabited areas. The new areas are consequently referred to as Jungsiedelland .
- Walter Schlesinger: The German Eastern Settlement of the Middle Ages as a Problem of European History , Reichenau Lectures 1970–1972, Sigmaringen 1975.