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 individual farmsteads 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 of evidence for early medieval settlements in north-west Europe, as well as a consideration of the implications of this evidence for Anglo-Saxon England. SERIES DESCRIPTION The 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 be presented and interpreted in ways accessible to historians, while providing a historical perspective and context for those studying the material culture of the period.
`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
1: Archaeological Approaches and Frameworks
2: Houses and Households: The Archaeology of Buildings
3: Settlement Structure and Social Space
4: Land and Power: Settlements in their Territorial Context
5: The Forces of Production: Crop and Animal Husbandry
6: Rural Centres, Trade, and Production
Series: Medieval History and Archaeology
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 15th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99
Weight (kg): 0.49