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Markets in Early Medieval Europe: Trading and Productive Sites, 650-850 Hardcover – 1 Jul 2003
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Recent collaboration between the archaeological and metal-detectorist communities has transformed our understanding of early medieval economies. The great coastal emporia or wics like Hamwic, Dorestadt and Quentovic have in the past been the centre of scholarly attention. However, the identification of 'productive sites', mostly through the detection and archaeological analysis of coins, has increasingly shown how economic and cultural exchange went on at a myriad of other places, many of them inland. This book is the first to survey the evidence for inland markets and trading sites, in Anglo-Saxon England and across Scandinavian and Frankish Europe. Historians, archaeologists and numismatists review the latest evidence for these sites, and for trading relations across Europe and Scandinavia. Markets, fairs and other high-status settlements were all centres of exchange, and many of them are examined here for the first time. The interpretation of productive sites remains controversial, and an important theme of the book is the role of metal-detection in archaeology. A fierce debate still rages about the problems and values associated with this mode of recovery.This interdisciplinary volume represents a milestone in understanding the complexities of economics and settlement in early medieval Europe. By moving the debate away for the analysis of the most important sites, it offers new insights into the overall patterns of trade and exchange, and sheds new light on the economic dimension of people's lives in the early medieval period.
About the Author
Tim Pestell is Archivist in the Castle Museum for Archaeology at Norwich, and the author of a forthcoming book on the monasteries of East Anglia. Katharina Ulmschneider is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, University of Oxford, and the author of a book on the productive sites of Hampshire and Lincolnshire. Individual chapters in the book have been written by the editors and by James Campbell, Mark Blackburn, Michael Metcalf, Ben Palmer, David Griffiths, Stuart Brooks, John Newman, Andrew Rogerson, Kevin Leahy, Julian D. Richards, Peter Sawyer, Lars Jorgensen, Astrid Tummuscheit, Caroline Tulp, Jacques Le Maho and Matthew Moran.
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