Early Medieval Settlements: The Archaeology of Rural Communities in North-West Europe 400-900

Paperback | July 15, 2004

byHelena Hamerow

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The excavation of settlements has in recent years transformed our understanding of north-west Europe in the early Middle Ages. We can for the first time begin to answer fundamental questions such as: what did houses look like and how were they furnished? how did villages and individualfarmsteads develop? how and when did agrarian production become intensified and how did this affect village communities? what role did craft production and trade play in the rural economy?In a period for which written sources are scarce, archaeology is of central importance in understanding the 'small worlds' of early medieval communities. Helena Hamerow's extensively illustrated and accessible study offers the first overview and synthesis of the large and rapidly growing body ofevidence for early medieval settlements in north-west Europe, as well as a consideration of the implications of this evidence for Anglo-Saxon England.SERIES DESCRIPTIONThe aim of the series is to reflect the creative dialogue that is developing between the disciplines of medieval history and archaeology. It will integrate archaeological and historical approaches to aspects of medieval society, economy, and culture. A range of archaeological evidence will bepresented and interpreted in ways accessible to historians, while providing a historical perspective and context for those studying the material culture of the period.

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The excavation of settlements has in recent years transformed our understanding of north-west Europe in the early Middle Ages. We can for the first time begin to answer fundamental questions such as: what did houses look like and how were they furnished? how did villages and individualfarmsteads develop? how and when did agrarian produ...

Helena Hamerow is a University Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.57 inPublished:July 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Archaeological Approaches and Frameworks2. Houses and Households: The Archaeology of Buildings3. Settlement Structure and Social Space4. Land and Power: Settlements in their Territorial Context5. The Forces of Production: Crop and Animal Husbandry6. Rural Centres, Trade, and ProductionBibliographyIndex

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`Review from previous edition this book should provide a most helpful resource for students and reference book for a wide range of specialists with interests in the economic and social history of Early-medieval Europe ... the series is off to a fine start with this volume.'The Medieval Review