Settlement, economy and lifestyle: the changing social identities of the coastal settlements of West Norfolk, 450-1100 AD.

Davies, G.J. (2011) Settlement, economy and lifestyle: the changing social identities of the coastal settlements of West Norfolk, 450-1100 AD. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

The thesis explores social transformations in the settlement and economy of Anglo-Saxon England, between c.450 and 1100 AD, by using detailed case studies of rural settlement remains within a sub-region, coastal West Norfolk, to construct a systematic narrative of their development. The archaeological evidence for analysis is mainly composed of portable cultural material from rural settlements, combined with surveyed and excavated evidence of their morphology. Multiple and superimposed forms of evidence such as geophysical survey and fieldwalking survey are employed to analyse the diversity of rural settlements and the material expressions of social and economic change in this period and to challenge existing models.

The key findings of this thesis are that surface-find sites discovered by metal detectorists, upon detailed investigation, show themselves to be complex rural settlements engaged in trade and exchange. Importantly, these sites also have the capacity to change over time. The findings of this thesis enables a re-characterisation of early medieval rural social identities as complex, dynamic and ever changing. It is argued that the employment of integrated survey methodologies in other sub-regions of Europe might achieve similar results.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Supervisors:Loveluck, C.P.
Bowden, W.
Uncontrolled Keywords:rural settlements, west Norfolk, Norfolk, early mediaeval
Faculties/Schools:UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
ID Code:2002
Deposited By:Dr Gareth Davies
Deposited On:14 Nov 2011 11:52
Last Modified:14 Nov 2011 11:52

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