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The First Millennium AD in Europe and the Mediterranean : An Archaeological Essay - Klavs Randsborg

The First Millennium AD in Europe and the Mediterranean

An Archaeological Essay

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Published: 22nd April 1991
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Professor Randsborg is one of the leading members of the new theoretically innovative generation of European archaeologists and one of the very few who is applying theories from anthropology and other disciplines to classical antiquity. Modern archaeology, with its huge methodological repertoire, its interdisciplinary orientation and its rapidly expanding basis in excavations, is beginning to rewrite history, and to reshape our views of the development of Europe prior to the present millennium. Archaeological evidence draws attention to processes on which the written record is silent, or which were not fully appreciated by contemporaries in the literate centres. The present book deals with the rise of medieval western Europe as the Roman Empire crumbled, and the integration of hitherto barbarian societies into the new mainstream of European society. Archaeological material is the main focus, but information derived from written sources, especially those illuminating the economic and the associated social circumstances, is also taken into account.

'He outlines the rise of medieval western Europe from the ruins of the classical world in an intelligent and readable account ... he marshalls a wealth of data to offer a penetrating analysis of the dynamics of culture change during a period that saw the creation of Europe as we recognise it today. This is a particularly valuable book for students.' New Scientist '... an exhaustively researched and carefully presented account of the first millennium AD in Europe ... a valuable reference work for archaeologists and historians alike.' American Anthropologist

Introduction
The historical framework
AD 0+200
AD 200+400
AD 400+600
AD 600+800
AD 800+1000
The physical setting
General physical conditions
Climatic change
Agriculture and erosion
Cultivated plants
Domestic animals
Rural settlement
Roman Italy
The Mediterranean in the Roman period
The Near East
Temperate Western Europe in the Roman period
The Danube area in the Roman period
Western Europe in the post-Roman period
Northern Europe
Towns and other centres
Classification
Size and distribution of Roman towns
Late Roman fortifications
Churches, mosaics, and inscriptions
Roman forts
Production and exchange
Development of water transport
Roman pottery
Coins
Exchange in Central and Northern Europe
Society, culture and mentality
Burial
Social inequality
The visible and the invisible
Archaeology and historiography
From the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages
In the shadow of the empire
Transformations
Epilogue and prologue
Appendices
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521387873
ISBN-10: 0521387876
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 22nd April 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 17.5  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.42