The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology

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No. of pages:1120 pages
Size:245x171x52 mm
Weight:2064 g
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Written by a team of experts and presenting the results of the most up-to-date research, The Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology will both stimulate and support further investigation into a society poised at the interface between prehistory and history.

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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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Table of Contents:
I. Anglo-Saxon Identity: Ethnicity, Culture, and Genes
Overview: Anglo-Saxon Identity
The Ending(s) of Roman Britain
Migration and Endogenous Change
Anglo-Scandinavian Identity
The Ending of Anglo-Saxon England: Identity, Allegiance, and Nationality
Anglo-Saxon Migration and the Molecular Evidence
Dress and Identity
II. Rural Settlement
Overview: Rural Settlement
Timber Buildings and their Social Context
Settlement Hierarchy
Local Churches in the Anglo-Saxon Countryside
Late Saxon Settlements
III. Mortuary Ritual
Overview: Mortuary Ritual
Mortuary Practices in Early Anglo-Saxon England
The Mid Saxon 'Final Phase'
Late Saxon Burial Practice
IV. Food Production
Overview: Rural Production
Woods and the Wild
Food Plants on Archaeological Sites: The Nature of the Archaeobotanical Record
Animal Husbandry
Anglo-Saxon Fields
V. Craft Production and Technology
Overview: Sources and Limitations of Evidence
Raw Materials: Sources and Demand
Anglo-Saxon Crafts
Style: Influences, Chronology, and Meaning
VI. Trade, Exchange, and Urbanization
Overview: Trade, Exchange and Urbanization
The Fate of Late Roman Towns
Britons and Anglo-Saxons
Markets, Emporia, Wics, and 'Productive' Sites: Pre-Viking Trade Centres in Anglo-Saxon England
Coinage in its Archaeological Context
Burhs and Boroughs: Defended Places, Trade, and Towns. Plans, Defences, Civic Features
VII. The Body and Life Course
Overview: The Body and Life Course
Childhood to Old Age
Diet: Recent Evidence from Analytical Chemical Techniques
Gender and Gender Roles
VIII. The Archaeology of Religion
Overview: The Archaeology of Religion
Sacred Spaces and Places in Pre-Christian and Conversion Period Anglo-Saxon England
The Archaeology of Paganism
The Material Culture of the Church
The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon Book
Christian Sacred Spaces and Places
IX. Signals of Power
Overview: Signals of Power
Social Transactions, Gift Exchange, and Power in the Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Centuries
Image and Power in the Early Anglo-Saxon Period
Crime and Punishment
What Were They Thinking? Intellectual Territories in Anglo-Saxon England
X. The Place of Archaeology in Anglo-Saxon Studies
Historical Sources and Archaeology
Literary Sources and Archaeology
Place-Names and Archaeology
Anthropology and Archaeology
Anglo-Saxon Archaeology and the Public