An early medieval tradition of building in Britain

Gardiner, Mark (2012) An early medieval tradition of building in Britain. Arqueologia de la Arquitectura, 9 . pp. 231-246. ISSN 1695-2731

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.3989/arqarqt.2012.11607

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Abstract

Early medieval houses in Britain were largely constructed of timber. Various approaches have been adopted for interpreting the character of these buildings, since no standing structure survives. These include the study of water-logged timber, the reproduction of methods of working and the reconstruction of buildings, as well as the conventional analysis of the plans of excavations. The problems of identifying the ethnic affiliations of houses in Britain are particularly acute because the structural features which define the building traditions in England and Scotland have rarely been identified. However, it is argued that it is possible to identify a distinctive tradition of building in timber which persists from the fifth to the eleventh or even twelfth century, and is found throughout England and into southern Scotland.

Keywords:Building traditions, Ethnicity, Timber construction, Water-logged timbers
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V360 History of Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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Deposited On:30 Aug 2017 15:04

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