Rural Settlements and Society in Anglo-Saxon England

Paperback | November 12, 2014

byHelena Hamerow

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In the course of the fifth century, the farms and villas of lowland Britain were replaced by a new, distinctive form of rural settlement: the settlements of the Anglo-Saxons. This volume presents the first major synthesis of the evidence - which has expanded enormously in recent years - forsuch settlements from across England and throughout the Anglo-Saxon period, and what it reveals about the communities who built and lived in them, and whose daily lives went almost wholly unrecorded. Helena Hamerow examines the appearance, function, and "life-cycles" of their buildings; therelationship of Anglo-Saxon settlements to the Romano-British landscape and to later medieval villages; the role of ritual in daily life; and the relationship between farming regimes and settlement forms. A central theme throughout the book is the impact on rural producers of the rise of lordship and markets, and how this impact is reflected in the remains of their settlements. Hamerow provides an introduction to the wealth of information yielded by settlement archaeology, and to the enormouscontribution that it makes to our understanding of Anglo-Saxon society.

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In the course of the fifth century, the farms and villas of lowland Britain were replaced by a new, distinctive form of rural settlement: the settlements of the Anglo-Saxons. This volume presents the first major synthesis of the evidence - which has expanded enormously in recent years - forsuch settlements from across England and throu...

Following a BA in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Helena Hamerow completed a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in 1988. She then held the Mary Somerville Research Fellowship at Somerville College, Oxford until 1990, when she took up a Lectureship in Early Medieval Archaeology at Durham University. She returned t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:November 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of figuresPreface and Acknowledgements1. The Study of Anglo-Saxon Rural Settlements2. Anglo-Saxon Buildings: Form, Function, and Social Space3. Settlement Forms and Community Structures4. Ritual and Domestic Life5. Farming Systems and Settlement Forms6. Production, Exchange, and the Shape of Rural CommunitiesReferencesIndex

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