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Identifying outdoor assembly sites in early medieval England

Baker, John; Brookes, Stuart

Authors

JOHN BAKER john.baker@nottingham.ac.uk
Associate Professor

Stuart Brookes



Abstract

Venues of outdoor assembly are an important type of archaeological site. Using the example of early medieval (Anglo-Saxon; 5th–11th centuries A.D.) meeting places in England we describe a new multidisciplinary method for identifying and characterizing such sites. This method employs place name studies, field survey, and phenomenological approaches such as viewshed, sound-mark, and landscape character recording. While each site may comprise a unique combination of landscape features, it is argued that by applying criteria of accessibility, distinctiveness, functionality, and location, important patterns in the characteristics of outdoor assembly places emerge. Our observations relating to Anglo-Saxon meeting places have relevance to other ephemeral sites. Archaeological fieldwork can benefit greatly by a rigorous application of evidence from place name studies and folklore/oral history to the question of outdoor assembly sites. Also, phenomenological approaches are an important in assessing the choice of assembly places by past peoples

Citation

Baker, J., & Brookes, S. (2015). Identifying outdoor assembly sites in early medieval England. Journal of Field Archaeology, 40(1), https://doi.org/10.1179/0093469014Z.000000000103

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jan 27, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 1, 2015
Journal Journal of Field Archaeology
Print ISSN 0093-4690
Electronic ISSN 0093-4690
Publisher Maney Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1179/0093469014Z.000000000103
Keywords early medieval England, hundreds, assembly places, place-names, temporary sites, judicial governance, phenomenology
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28164
Publisher URL http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/0093469014Z.000000000103
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Copyright Maney 2015.

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