IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1104: Portable Antiquities Scheme, II: Applying Portable Antiquities Data to Medieval Landscape Archaeology

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Portable Antiquities Scheme
Organiser:Helen Geake, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge / Portable Antiquities Scheme
Moderator/Chair:Andrew Reynolds, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
Paper 1104-aEarly Anglo-Saxon Territories in the Landscape of Norfolk
(Language: English)
Andrew Rogerson, Norfolk Landscape Archaeology, Dereham
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1104-bGeographical Analysis of Early Medieval Corpus (EMC) Data: The Peculiarities of Early Medieval Deira
(Language: English)
Caroline N. J. Smith, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Numismatics
Paper 1104-cThe Archaeological Meaning of Treasure: Anglo-Saxon and Viking Settlement in Eastern England
(Language: English)
Julian D. Richards, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
John Naylor, Department of Archaeology, University of York / Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites

The Portable Antiquities Scheme records artefacts with no stratified archaeological context. One of its strengths, however, is that it records great numbers of these finds spread widely across the landscape. Most are not simply stray finds, but have been removed from their contexts by modern agriculture. During the early-medieval period, particularly, they have the potential to tell us much about the varying uses and perceptions of the landscape. This session will focus on landscapes in eastern England from the early Anglo-Saxon period to the Norman Conquest, looking at economy, land use and territorial perceptions.