Goodbye to the Vikings?: Re-Reading Early Medieval Archaeology

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Overview

"In Goodbye to the Vikings?", Richard Hodges uses new archaeological evidence to re-read the familiar history of the early Middle Ages. Taking his examples from the fifth to the tenth centuries, he re-examines many familiar themes, including the identity of King Arthur, the Pirenne thesis, Marc Bloch on feudalism, the significance of nationalism in early medieval archaeology and the place of the Vikings in European history. Some of the studies are wide-ranging, while others re-examine the archaeology of the monastery of San Vincenzo al Volturbano (Italy) in detail. This book shows how archaeology is making us appreciate the changing rhythms of early medieval Europe, especially in terms of the contacts made by traders, pilgrims and travellers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780715634295
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/9/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Hodges, formerly Director of the British School at Rome, is Director of the Institute of World Archaeology, School of World Art Studies, University of East Anglia, and Scientific Director of the Butrint Foundation (Butrint is the site of extensive excavations in Albania). He is series editor of the Duckworth Debates in Archaeology series and author of many books, including Dark Age Economics, The Anglo-Saxon Achievement and Villa to Village.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : new light on the Dark Ages? 1
2 Pirenne and the question of demand in the sixth century 19
3 King Arthur's Britain and the end of the Western Roman Empire 28
4 Balkan ghosts? : nationalism and the question of rural continuity in Albania 39
5 Dark Age economics revisited 63
6 Charlemagne's elephant 72
7 San Vincenzo al Volturno and the plan of St. Gall 80
8 The ninth-century collective workshop at San Vincenzo al Volturno 117
9 Beyond feudalism : monasteries and their management in the eighth and ninth centuries 141
10 Goodbye to the Vikings? 157
11 Society, power and the first English industrial revolution 163
12 Conclusions : Pirenne after McCormick 176
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