IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 203: Mechanisms of Power: The Formation of the County of Flanders (9th-12th Centuries), II - The Creation of Centres of Power - Archaeological Perspectives

Monday 11 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of History, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven / Department of Archaeology & Art History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Organisers:Brigitte Meijns, Department of History, KU Leuven
Dries Tys, Vakgroep Kunstwetenschappen & Archeologie, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Moderator/Chair:Christopher Loveluck, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Paper 203-bRecent Dendrochronological and Radiocarbon Data and the Development and Chronology of the Comital 'Burg' of Bruges
(Language: English)
Hubert de Witte, Bruggemuseum
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious
Paper 203-cOudenburg, Brugge, and the Municipium Flandrensis: An Archaeologist's View
(Language: English)
Yann Hollevoet, Afdeling Monumenten en Landschappen Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Bruxelles
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Geography and Settlement Studies

In the construction of a powerful new principality, the Counts also decided to establish new, princely centres of power like Bruges and Ghent. Recent archaeological research reveals that these centres were not the direct successors of the earlier centres in the valley of the Scheldt and on the coastal plain, although new centres did have early medieval antecedents. Clearly was a clear shift in power in the new county’s landscape in which longstanding political, social and economical centres became less significant or received a different orientation within the new political context. In these new political centres, the counts communicated their princely, neo-Carolingian ambitions in several ways, amongst others through the construction of comital castles, collegiate churches and the control of trade.