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The Archaeology of the 11th Century

Continuities and Transformations, 1st Edition

Edited by Dawn M Hadley, Christopher Dyer


310 pages

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The Archaeology of the 11th Century addresses many key questions surrounding this formative period of English history and considers conditions before 1066 and how these changed. The impact of the Conquest of England by the Normans is the central focus of the book, which not only assesses the destruction and upheaval caused by the invading forces, but also examines how the Normans contributed to local culture, religion, and society. The volume explores a range of topics including food culture, funerary practices, the development of castles and their impact, and how both urban and rural life evolved during the 11th century. Through its nuanced approach to the complex relationships and regional identities which characterised the period, this collection stimulates renewed debate and challenges some of the long-standing myths surrounding the Conquest. Presenting new discoveries and fresh ideas in a readable style with numerous illustrations, this interdisciplinary book is an invaluable resource for those interested in the archaeology, history, geography, art, and literature of the 11th century.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

D M Hadley and C C Dyer

2 The Norman Conquest and its impact on late Anglo-Saxon towns

Letty ten Harkel

3 The Norman Conquest and its influences on urban landscapes

Keith D Lilley

4 Conquest, colonisation and the countryside: archaeology and the mid-11th- to mid-12th-century rural landscape

Oliver Creighton and Stephen Rippon

5 Manorial farmsteads and the expression of lordship before and after the Norman Conquest

Mark Gardiner

6 Anglo-Saxon towers of lordship and the origins of the castle in England

Michael G Shapland

7 Scars on the townscape: urban castles in Saxo-Norman England

Michael Fradley

8 Seeking ‘Norman burials’, evidence for continuity and change in funerary practice following the Norman Conquest

Elizabeth Craig-Atkins

9 Charity and conquest: leprosaria in early Norman England

Simon Roffey

10 Archaeology and archiepiscopal reform. Greater churches in York diocese in the 11th century

Paul Everson and David Stocker

11 Rewriting the narrative: regional dimensions of the Norman Conquest

Aleksandra McClain

12 The Bayeux Tapestry: window to a world of continuity and change

Michael Lewis

13 Cuisine and conquest: interdisciplinary perspectives on food, continuity and change in 11th-century England and beyond

Ben Jervis, Fiona Whelan and Alexandra Livarda

14 Tradition and innovation: lead-alloy brooches and urban identities in the 11th century

Rosie Weetch

15 History, archaeology and the Norman Conquest

Hugh M Thomas

About the Editors

Dawn M Hadley is Head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Christopher Dyer is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Leicester, UK.

About the Series

Society for Medieval Archaeology Monographs

The Society has published a series of monographs for more than 50 years. Our list includes synthetic edited volumes on specific themes such as the archaeology of the 11th century and maritime societies of the Viking and medieval world. We also publish excavation monographs on all medieval site types from cemeteries and burials, rural settlement, towns, industry, religious and monastic sites, to manors and moat. Accounts of some of medieval archaeology's most iconic excavations can be found here.

All the publications are fully refereed with the aim of publishing at the highest academic level reports on sites of national and international importance, and of encouraging the widest debate. The series’ objectives are to cover the broadest chronological and geographical range and to assemble a series of volumes which reflect the changing intellectual and technical scope of the discipline.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology