IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1607: New Approaches to Demographical Studies of Medieval Populations: Archaeology and Memory

Thursday 14 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Jo Rune Ugulen, Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Paper 1607-aUnderstanding the Early Medieval View of the Past: Towards an Archaeology of Memory
(Language: English)
Zoƫ L. Devlin, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General
Paper 1607-bPeasant, Noble, or Both?: Medieval Secular Landowners in Western Norway - Preliminary Results
(Language: English)
Jo Rune Ugulen, Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Genealogy and Prosopography, Local History, Social History
Paper 1607-dRing a Ring of Roses... But Did They All Fall down?: The 14th-15th-Century Muslim Necropolis of Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt
(Language: English)
Anne Macklin, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studiess, University of Leeds
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Demography, Geography and Settlement Studies

Abstract -a:
The ‘archaeology of memory’ is a new phrase appearing within the discipline as a whole with increasing frequency. But how can archaeologists infer memory from material remains? This paper will discuss the theory that should underlie our approach to the subject, outlining what we mean by memory and how we can engage with memories from the past. Using evidence from Anglo-Saxon cemeteries, I shall then go on to provide a case study to support the theory, arguing for a change in medieval memories between the early and late Anglo-Saxon periods.
Abstract -b:
I am currently working on a project on the Norwegian medieval aristocracy, and how much land was owned by the same aristocracy throughout the period. A problem is that one has, to put it mildly, a very unclear idea of which men and women that made out the medieval Norwegian secular aristocracy. As a result I spend much time on trying to build up a prosopography over these landowners, and will present the preliminary results from my ongoing research.
Abstract -c:
The article dwells on the demographic consequences of the plague after 1347 in late medieval Bulgaria. Some literary sources give direct and indirect proof of the effects of the plague. They reveal the dissemination of heresies and apocalyptical sentiments which have been caused by two threats: the plague and the Ottoman invasion. The author analyses the archaeological evidence from burials within the period from 14th till 17th c., which provide indirect proof of the stages in the spread of the plague. In conclusion, the author resumes that not the Ottoman invasion but the plague have been the major factor for the demographic decrease in Bulgaria and in the late middle ages.