The Anglo-Saxons from the Migration Period to the Eighth Century: An Ethnographic Perspective

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John Hines
Boydell Press, 2003 - History - 480 pages
A stimulating contribution to the field of Anglo-Saxon studies. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY A mind-stretching read. NOTES AND QUERIES The papers contained in this volume, by leading researchers in the field, cover a wide range of social, economic and ideological aspects of the culture of early Anglo-Saxon England, from an inter-disciplinary perspective. The status of `Anglo-Saxondom' and `Englishness' as cultural and ethnic categories are a recurrent focus of debate, while other topics include the reconstruction of settlement patterns; social and political structures; farming in medieval England; and the spiritual world of the Anglo-Saxons. As a whole, the contributions offer fascinating insights into key contemporary research questions and projects, and into the character and problems of interdisciplinary approaches. Dr JOHN HINES is Reader in the School of History and Archaeology at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Contributors: WALTER POHL, IAN WOOD, DELLA HOOKE, DOMINIC POWLESLAND, HEINRICH HÄRKE, THOMAS CHARLES-EDWARDS, PATRIZIA LENDINARA, PETER FOWLER, CHRISTOPHER SCULL, JANE HAWKES, D.N. DUMVILLE, JOHN HINES, GIORGIO AUSENDA
 

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Contents

A COMPARATIVE
7
PERSPECTIVE W Pohl 7
31
Discussion
55
The background Names and estate structure
85
EARLY ANGLOSAXON SETTLEMENTS STRUCTURES FORM AND LAYOUT
101
A cultural transition? Farmstead village or town in Early AngloSaxon
117
Discussion
160
Discussion
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Introduction Ethnography and AngloSaxon archaeology What is a town? Urban
283
Discussion
298
THE VISUAL EVIDENCE A J Hawkes
311
Introduction The limits of debate Animal symbolism Interlace symbols
338
THE TERMINOLOGY OF OVERKINGSHIPIN EARLY ANGLOSAXON ENGLAND
345
Discussion
366
THE LIMITS OF KNOWLEDGE J Hines
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Discussion
401

Discussion
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SOME FIELDS FOR THOUGHT
245
P J Fowler
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URBAN CENTRES IN PREVIKING ENGLAND C Scull
269
CURRENT ISSUES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN THE STUDY OF EARLY
413
INDEX
451
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