Eckweek, Peasedown-St-John, Somerset: Survey and Excavations at a Shrunken Medieval Hamlet 1988-1990

1st Edition

Society for Medieval Archaeology

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February 7, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 312 Pages - 6 Color & 198 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367860318 - CAT# K459518
Series: Society for Medieval Archaeology Monographs

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Summary

This volume presents the results of archaeological survey and excavation at Eckweek, Somerset, which yielded one of the most important medieval rural settlement sequences yet excavated from south-west England.

At the centre of the narrative is a succession of well-preserved buildings spanning the late 10th to the 14th centuries A.D. forming the nucleus of a Domesday manor and its Late Saxon precursor. Detailed analysis of the structural sequence offers a new regional perspective on pre-Conquest earthfast timber architecture and its subsequent (12th-century) replacement by masonry traditions. Culminating in a richly preserved 14th-century farmhouse, including a very complete assemblage of structural and domestic objects, the structural archaeology provides an unusually refined picture of the internal organisation of later medieval domestic space within a rural farming setting. Detailed analytical attention is given to the abundant artefactual and environmental datasets recovered from the excavations (including prolific assemblages of medieval pottery and palaeonvironmental data) with a nuanced appraisal of their interpretative implications.

Anyone with an interest in the dynamics and regional complexity of medieval rural communities will find this a stimulating and enlightening read.

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