Production, exchange, and the shape of rural communities

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

Production, exchange, and the shape of rural communities

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The concluding chapter examines the changing relationship between production and exchange and how this affected the ‘archaeological signature’ of Anglo-Saxon settlements. The growing investment by Anglo-Saxon communities in enclosures, new technologies such as watermills, and future productivity (e.g. planting vines and orchards) and the possible relationship of these developments and the introduction of ‘bookland’ is considered. The possibility that enclosures and planned layouts reflect new social relations between lords and peasants is discussed as is the impact of the rising power of market-based exchange on rural communities. The chapter concludes by outlining future areas for research.

Keywords: production; trade; monasteries; agricultural innovation; the long eighth century

Chapter.  2809 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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