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The Birth of a Borough: An Archaeological Study of Anglo-Saxon Stafford
     

The Birth of a Borough: An Archaeological Study of Anglo-Saxon Stafford

by Martin Carver
 
The majority of our county towns, and the shires themselves, owe their origins to the campaigns of Alfred and his children Edward the Elder and Aethelflaeda, Lady of the Mercians, in the late 9th and early 10th centuries. Stafford is one such town, and the large-scale archaeological examinations undertaken there over the last fifty years have provided an extraordinary

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The majority of our county towns, and the shires themselves, owe their origins to the campaigns of Alfred and his children Edward the Elder and Aethelflaeda, Lady of the Mercians, in the late 9th and early 10th centuries. Stafford is one such town, and the large-scale archaeological examinations undertaken there over the last fifty years have provided an extraordinary, unique opportunity to piece together the history of such a "typical" town. A centre for the delivery of grain tribute during the Dark Ages, it was commandeered in the tenth century by Aethelflaeda in order to construct a burh there. This new foundation was a fort, provided with a vicus in which the centralised production of Roman-style pottery ("Stafford Ware") was undertaken and supplied to the chain of west midlands burhs. The case of Stafford has prompted a new review of the origins of county towns as a whole, and the composition of a new model for the birth of the Anglo-Saxon borough on which the local administration of England has ever since been based. Martin Carver is Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the University of York.

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This is an important book in a number of ways. Carver has achieved his aim of using archaeology to write history. MEDIEVAL SETTLEMENT RESEARCH, no. 28, 2013 (T)he study provides a valuable summary of an important campaign of excavation. THE LOCAL HISTORIAN

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ISBN-13:
9780851156231
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
12/16/2010
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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