The study of Anglo-Saxon rural settlements

Helena Hamerow

in Rural Settlements and Society in Anglo-Saxon England

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199203253
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741760 | DOI:

Series: Medieval History and Archaeology

The study of Anglo-Saxon rural settlements

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This chapter considers the nature and geographical distribution of the archaeological evidence available for Anglo-Saxon settlements and its relationship to the written sources of the period. It reviews the difficulties of distinguishing ‘rural’ from ‘urban’ and ‘monastic’ from ‘secular’ based on archaeological evidence alone. The development of Anglo-Saxon settlement archaeology since the first excavation of such sites in the 1920s and 1930s is reviewed. The chapter concludes with a consideration of Anglo-Saxon settlements in a post-Roman landscape and specifically of the relationship of the earliest Anglo-Saxon settlements to late Romano-British farms and villas.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon buildings; settlement archaeology; post-Roman settlement; E. T. Leeds

Chapter.  7419 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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