Late Saxon settlements

Gardiner, Mark (2011) Late Saxon settlements. In: The Oxford handbook of Anglo-Saxon archaeology. Oxford Handbooks . Oxford University Press, pp. 198-220. ISBN 9780199212149

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This article describes the two road groups of rural settlements -those which might be described as 'high-status', which in historical terms means those belonging to thegns and their social superiors, and those of the peasants, which would include the geneat and others whose servile work duties. It also addresses the impermanent settlements associated with animal herding. It starts by considering the burh or enclosure which surrounded many high-status settlements. It has proved very difficult to understand the plan and use of space in individual peasant farms and their relationship to the wider landscape. The difference between high-status and peasant settlements is not just one of scale or number of buildings, but runs through almost every aspect of the settlements. The relations of lords to their peasants may have been quite different in Cornwall where the communal control of resources seems to have been much stronger. © Oxford University Press, 2013.

Keywords:Saxon settlements, Anglo-Saxon archaeology
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V400 Archaeology
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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