Landscape and Settlement in Britain, AD 400-1066

Edited by Simon Burnell and Della Hooke

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ISBN: 9780859893862

Publication: September 1, 1995

Series: Exeter Studies in History

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This book examines recent views on the emerging settlement patterns of early medieval Britain and their relation to land use, drawing on both archaeological and documentary sources. Simon Esmonde Cleary takes the study from the later Romano-British into the post-Roman period; Christopher Holdsworth examines the re-emergence of Christianity in sixth-century England, the location of minsters and their role in the economy. The problematic theme of continuity or dislocation recurs in a number of chapters and is closely investigated by Peter Rose and Ann Preston Jones in their chapter on Cornwall, a region marginal to the main thrust of Anglo-Saxon cultural influence. Ethnicity as a factor for change is challenged and Colleen Batey, looking at Northern Britain, finds that archaeology fails to identify with any degree of certainty the specific Scandinavian house type in the uplands. Della Hooke presents a more general summary of the period across England, noting the evidence for the emerging landscape regions which were characterized by particular settlement types and field systems and, in a case study of the Failand ridge in North Somerset, James Bond sets the evidence within a much broader time scale, revealing the gaps which still caracterize our knowledge of the early medieval period.

Dr Della Hooke is an Associate Member of the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences in the University of Birmingham, editor of 'Landscape History' (the journal of the Society for Landscape Studies) and editor of the 'Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Transactions'. She specializes in studies of the development of the historical landscape in England and Wales, especially in the early medieval period. Her recent publications include 'England’s Landscape: The West Midlands' (English Heritage/HarperCollins 2006) and 'Trees in Anglo-Saxon England: Literature, Lore and Landscape' (Boydell 2010).

Simon Burnell taught early medieval archaeology in the University of Exeter from 1990 to 1992, and has since taught at the universities of Berne and Zurich. He works as a freelance consultant and is based in Suffolk.

Contents Changing constraints on the landscape, AD 400-600, Simon Esmonde Cleary Bioshprics, monasteries and the landscape, c.600-1066, Christopher Holdsworth Changes in the Cornish countryside AD 400-1100, Peter Rose and Ann Preston-Jones Aspects of rural settlement in northern Britain, Colleen E. Batey The mid-late Anglo-Saxon period - settlement and land use, Della Hooke Settlement, land use and estate patterns on the Failand ridge, north Somerset - a preliminary discussion, C.J. Bond.

A good introduction to current debates, research preoccupations and methodological approaches, as well as giving the specialist much food for thought.
  Landscape History

... a fascinating insight for historical geographers, historians and archaeologists.
  The Geographical Journal, Vol. 164 (1)

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 148 mm

168 Pages

ISBN: 9780859893862

Publication: September 1, 1995

Series: Exeter Studies in History

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