The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain

ISBN : 9780198744719

Christopher Gerrard; Alejandra Gutierrez
1072 ページ
171 x 246 mm
Oxford Handbooks

The Middle Ages are all around us in Britain. The Tower of London and the castles of Scotland and Wales are mainstays of cultural tourism and an inspiring cross-section of later medieval finds can now be seen on display in museums across England, Scotland, and Wales. Medieval institutions from Parliament and monarchy to universities are familiar to us and we come into contact with the later Middle Ages every day when we drive through a village or town, look up at the castle on the hill, visit a local church or wonder about the earthworks in the fields we see from the window of a train. The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain provides an overview of the archaeology of the later Middle Ages in Britain between AD 1066 and 1550. 61 entries, divided into 10 thematic sections, cover topics ranging from later medieval objects, human remains, archaeological science, standing buildings, and sites such as castles and monasteries, to the well-preserved relict landscapes which still survive. This is a rich and exciting period of the past and most of what we have learnt about the material culture of our medieval past has been discovered in the past two generations. This volume provides comprehensive coverage of the latest research and describes the major projects and concepts that are changing our understanding of our medieval heritage.


Part 1: Writing Later Medieval Archaeology; 1 Christopher Gerrard: Overview: People and Projects; 2 Michael Fradley: Methods In Medieval Archaeology; 3 C. P. Graves and Christopher Gerrard: Embracing New Perspectives; 4 Simon A. Draper: The Written Evidence for the Later Middle Ages; Part 2: The Medieval Countryside; 5 Grenville Astill: Overview: Geographies of Medieval Britain; 6 Ronan O'Donnell: Field Systems and the Arable Fields; 7 Louisa Gidney: The Animal in Late Medieval Britain; 8 Lisa Moffett: The Archaeobotany of Late Medieval Plant Remains: The Resource and the Research; 9 James H. Barrett: Medieval Fishing and Fish Trade; 10 Aleks Pluskowski: The Medieval Wild; 11 Peter J. Brown: Coping with Disaster; Part 3: Rural Settlement and Buildings; 12 Stephen Rippon, Piers Dixon and Bob Silvester: Overview: The Form and Pattern of Medieval Settlement; 13 Christopher Dyer: Rural Living 1100-1540; 14 Mark Gardiner and Susan Kilby: Perceptions of Medieval Settlement; 15 Richard Suggett: Peasant Buildings; 16 Jill Campbell: The Medieval Manor House and the Moated Site; 17 Niall Brady: Agricultural Buildings; Part 4: Living in Towns and Ports; 18 Keith D. Lilley: Overview: Living in Medieval Towns; 19 John Schofield: Urban Housing; 20 Abby Antrobus: Medieval Shops; 21 Christopher Dyer: Town and Countryside; 22 Gareth Dean: Urban infrastructure; Part 5: Power and Display; 23 Oliver Creighton: Overview: Castles and Elite Landscapes; 24 Tom Beaumont James: Medieval Palaces and Royal Houses; 25 Stephen Mileson: Royal and Aristocratic Landscapes of Pleasure; 26 Glenn Foard: Medieval Battlefield Archaeology; 27 David A. Hinton: Symbols of Power; Part 6: Crafts, Industry, and Objects; 28 Maureen Mellor: Overview: Medieval Industry and Commerce; 29 David Parsons: Quarrying and Extractive Industries; 30 David A. Hinton: The Medieval Workshop; 31 Colin Rynne: Water and Wind Power; 32 Richard Kelleher: Old Money, New Methods: Coins and Later Medieval Archaeology; 33 M. A. Hall: Play And Playfulness In Late Medieval Britain: Theory, Concept, Practice; Part 7: The Archaeology of Religion and Belief; 34 Richard Morris: Overview: Church and Landscape C. 1100-1550; 35 James Bond: The Medieval Monastery and its Landscape; 36 Richard Fawcett: The Cathedral; 37 Richard Fawcett: The Medieval Parish Church: Architecture, Furnishings, and Fittings; 38 M. A. Hall: Approaching Medieval Sacrality; 39 Matthew Champion: Medieval Graffiti Inscriptions; 40 Peter Yeoman: An Archaeology of Pilgrimage; 41 Kate Giles and Aleksandra Mcclain: The Devotional Image in Late Medieval England; Part 8: An Archaeology of the Senses; 42 Emma J. Wells: Overview: The Medieval Senses; 43 Hugh Willmott: Cooking, Dining, and Drinking; 44 Stephen Mileson: Sound and Landscape; 45 Holly Dugan: London Smellwalk Around 1450: Smelling Medieval Cities; 46 Michael Huxtable and Ronan O'donnell: Medieval Colour; Part 9: Growing Up and Growing Old; 47 Rebecca Gowland and Bennjamin Penny-Mason: Overview: Archaeology and the Life-Course; 48 Sally Crawford: Birth and Childhood; 49 Eleanor R. Standley: Dressing the Body; 50 Amanda Richardson: Gender and Space in the Later Middle Ages; 51 Charlotte Roberts, Jelena Bekvalac, and Rebecca Redfern: Health and Well-Being: The Contribution of the Study Of Human Remains To Understanding the Late Medieval Period In Britain; 52 Martin Huggon: Medieval Medicine, Public Health, and the Medieval Hospital; 53 Christopher Daniell: Later Medieval Death and Burial; 54 Simon Roffey: The Medieval Afterlife; Part 10: A Wider Context: Trade and Exchange, Europe, and Beyond; 55 Alejandra Gutierrez: Overview: Trade and Other Contacts in Late Medieval Britain; 56 Terry B. Barry: Looking West: Ireland in the Middle Ages; 57 Claire Hanusse: Looking South-West: France in the Middle Ages,; 58 Else Roesdahl: Looking North-East: Southern Scandinavia in the Middle Ages; 59 Christopher Gerrard and Jose Avelino Gutierrez-Gonzalez: Looking South: Spain and Portugal in the Middle Ages; 60 Christopher Gerrard: A Last Word: The Study of Later Medieval Archaeology


Christopher Gerrard is Professor of Medieval Archaeology at Durham University. His eight books include Medieval Archaeology: Understanding Traditions and Contemporary Approaches (2003) and Interpreting the English Village: Landscape and Community at Shapwick, Somerset which won the Best Archaeological Book of the Year award in 2014. His fieldwork includes excavations in Spain and the Azores and projects on qanats, natural disasters in the Middle Ages and, most recently, the discovery of mass graves of 17th-century Scottish soldiers under one of the University's libraries.; Alejandra Gutierrez is a Research Fellow at Durham University. Her interests lie in the study of medieval and later material culture, particularly the movement of goods, trade and exchange, and European contact with Britain in the Middle Ages. She writes about ceramics and other archaeological finds and has authored numerous articles on the subject, including a book, Mediterranean Pottery in Wessex Households and an accompanying web-guide for the identification of medieval and later Spanish pottery ().