IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 204: Trans-Pennine Contacts, 600-1100: North-Western England and its Northumbrian World

Monday 14 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:John Blair, Queen's College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:John Blair, Queen's College, University of Oxford
Paper 204-aBeyond Subsistence?: Determining the Impact of East-West Links on Economic Change in Western Northumbria, c. 650-1100
(Language: English)
Fiona Edmonds, St John's College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Rural, Economics - Trade, Local History
Paper 204-bWilfrid's Lands?: The Lune Valley in its Anglian Context
(Language: English)
Felicity Clark, Queen's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Monasticism
Paper 204-cThe Jarrow Connection: How Northumbrian was Cumbria in the 8th and 9th Centuries?
(Language: English)
Rachel Newman, Oxford Archaeology North
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Local History, Monasticism

Although an exceptionally poorly documented region of England in the early Middle Ages, the north-west raises important questions of cultural identity and interchange: how much did it owe to its (Romano-)British roots, to sea-borne influences from Ireland, Man and Scandinavia, or to the Anglian societies east of the Pennines? This session presents recent research on trans-Pennine links, focusing on economic patterns revealed by excavation, topographical analysis an metal-detected small finds; on sculptural evidence for links between the major Wilfridian centres and the churches of the Lune valley; and on the excavated Cumbrian minster at Dacre, which Bede mentions in the context of a St. Cuthbert miracle.