IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 302: The Medieval Park: New Perspectives, II

Monday 9 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Windgather Press
Organiser:Amanda Richardson, Department of History, University of Chichester
Moderator/Chair:Tom James, Department of History / Department of Archaeology, University of Winchester
Paper 302-aLandscape, Power, and Politics: The Place of the Park in Later Medieval England
(Language: English)
Stephen Mileson, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archives and Sources, Economics - Rural, Social History
Paper 302-bThe Ecology and Economics of Medieval Deer Parks
(Language: English)
Ian Rotherham, Tourism & Environmental Change Research Unit, Sheffield Hallam University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Rural, Science, Social History
Paper 302-cRefining the Chronology of Imparking: The Case for Early Imparking in Suffolk
(Language: English)
Rosemary Hoppitt, Suffolk College, Ipswich
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Rural, Local History, Social History

These sessions showcase some new approaches to late medieval deer parks. This second (and final) session focuses on social and landscape processes through time. It ranges from the general to the specific, through economic and ecological questions to a county-wide case study of Suffolk. Economic, geographic, and social factors behind park creation will be problematized, as well as their chronological and geographical location. Continuity through time, as much as change, is emphasised, and some implications for future research are revealed. How does the present-day resource affect our endeavours and their outcomes, and can the documentary record be relied on?