The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology

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Since the early 20th century the scholarly study of Anglo-Saxon texts has been augmented by systematic excavation and analysis of physical evidence - settlements, cemeteries, artefacts, environmental data, and standing buildings. This evidence has confirmed some readings of the Anglo-Saxon literary and documentary sources and challenged others. More recently, large-scale excavations both in towns and in the countryside, the application of computer methods to large bodies of data, new techniques for site identification such as remote sensing, and new dating methods have put archaeology at the forefront of Anglo-Saxon studies. The Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology, written by a team of experts and presenting the results of the most up-to-date research, will both stimulate and support further investigation into those aspects of Anglo-Saxon life and culture which archaeology has fundamentally illuminated. It will prove an essential resourse for our understanding of a society poised at the interface between prehistory and history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199212149
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/19/2011
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 790
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Helena Hamerow is Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford.

David A. Hinton is Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton

Sally Crawford is Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology, Birmingham University

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Table of Contents

I. Anglo-Saxon Identity: Ethnicity, Culture, and Genes
1. Overview: Anglo-Saxon Identity, C. Hills
2. The Ending(s) of Roman Britain, S. Esmonde Cleary
3. Migration and Endogenous Change, B. Brugmann
4. Anglo-Scandinavian Identity, J. D. Richards
5. The Ending of Anglo-Saxon England: Identity, Allegiance, and Nationality, D. Griffiths
6. Anglo-Saxon Migration and the Molecular Evidence, R. Hedges
7. Dress and Identity, G. R. Owen-Crocker
II. Rural Settlement
8. Overview: Rural Settlement, H. Hamerow
9. Timber Buildings and their Social Context, H. Hamerow
10. Settlement Hierarchy, K. Ulmschneider
11. Local Churches in the Anglo-Saxon Countryside, R. Morris
12. Late Saxon Settlements, M. Gardiner
III. Mortuary Ritual
13. Overview: Mortuary Ritual, T. M. Dickinson
14. Mortuary Practices in Early Anglo-Saxon England, H. Williams
15. The Mid Saxon 'Final Phase', M. Welch
16. Late Saxon Burial Practice, D. Hadley
IV. Food Production
17. Overview: Rural Production, D. Hooke
18. Woods and the Wild, N. Sykes
19. Food Plants on Archaeological Sites: The Nature of the Archaeobotanical Record, L. Moffett
20. Animal Husbandry, T. O'Connor
21. Anglo-Saxon Fields, S. Oosthuizen
V. Craft Production and Technology
22. Overview: Sources and Limitations of Evidence, G. Thomas
23. Raw Materials: Sources and Demand, D. Hinton
24. Anglo-Saxon Crafts, K. Leahy
25. Style: Influences, Chronology, and Meaning, L. Webster
VI. Trade, Exchange, and Urbanization
26. Overview: Trade, Exchange and Urbanization, G. Astill
27. The Fate of Late Roman Towns, M. Henig
28. Britons and Anglo-Saxons, C. Loveluck & L. Laing
29. Markets, Emporia, Wics, and 'Productive' Sites: Pre-Viking Trade Centres in Anglo-Saxon England, T. Pestell
30. Coinage in its Archaeological Context, M. Blackburn
31. Burhs and Boroughs: Defended Places, Trade, and Towns. Plans, Defences, Civic Features, R. A. Hall
VII. The Body and Life Course
32. Overview: The Body and Life Course, S. Crawford
33. Childhood to Old Age, N. Stoodley
34. Diet: Recent Evidence from Analytical Chemical Techniques, T. O'Connell & B. Hull
35. Gender and Gender Roles, S. Lucy
36. Disease, C. Lee
VIII. The Archaeology of Religion
37. Overview: The Archaeology of Religion, J. Blair
38. Sacred Spaces and Places in Pre-Christian and Conversion Period Anglo-Saxon England, S. Semple
39. The Archaeology of Paganism, A. Pluskowski
40. The Material Culture of the Church, E. Coatsworth
41. The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon Book, R. Gameson
42. Christian Sacred Spaces and Places, H. Gittos
IX. Signals of Power
43. Overview: Signals of Power, M. O. H. Carver
44. Social Transactions, Gift Exchange, and Power in the Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Centuries, C. Scull
45. Image and Power in the Early Anglo-Saxon Period, M. Gaimster
46. Crime and Punishment, A. Reynolds
47. What Were They Thinking? Intellectual Territories in Anglo-Saxon England, M. O. H. Carver
X. The Place of Archaeology in Anglo-Saxon Studies
48. Historical Sources and Archaeology, J. Campbell
49. Literary Sources and Archaeology, J. Hines
50. Place-Names and Archaeology, M. Gelling
51. Anthropology and Archaeology, C. Gosden
52. Anglo-Saxon Archaeology and the Public, S. Marzinzik

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