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Early Medieval Settlements: The Archaeology of Rural Communities in North-West Europe 400-900

Helena Hamerow

Abstract

The excavation of settlements has in recent years transformed our understanding of north-west Europe in the early Middle Ages. We can for the first time begin to answer fundamental questions such as: what did houses look like and how were they furnished? how did villages and individual farmsteads develop? how and when did agrarian production become intensified and how did this affect village communities? what role did craft production and trade play in the rural economy? In a period for which written sources are scarce, archaeology is of central importance in understanding the 'small worlds' ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246977
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199246977.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helena Hamerow, author