IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 112: Urbanism and Rurality in Early Medieval Northern Europe, I: Approaches to Early Medieval Economies

Monday 9 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:John Naylor, Department of Archaeology, University of York / Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Chris Wickham, All Souls College, University of Oxford
Paper 112-bUrbanism in Context: Integrating Rural and Urban in Early Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
John Naylor, Department of Archaeology, University of York / Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Economics - General, Economics - Urban
Paper 112-cPolitical Economy and the Sea in Early Historic Britain
(Language: English)
James Barrett, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
Jen Harland, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Cluny Johnstone, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - General, Maritime and Naval Studies
Abstract

Approaches to urban and rural in early medieval northern Europe usually form distinct fields of research. Much work in the last fifteen years has focused towards gaining greater understanding of regional patterns of settlement and economy. This has had a fundamental impact on the way we perceive the role and function of rural areas in societal and economic change and there is now a growing need to integrate this with steadily increasing evidence from urban sites. This session explores the nature of the early medieval economy and its interpretation in the light of the new data and methodologies available.