IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1315: The Geography of Material Culture in the Early Middle Ages: Micro-Regional Archaeology

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department of Medieval History, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Olga Magoula, Department of Medieval History, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Richard Morris, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / School of Music, Humanities & Media, University of Huddersfield
Paper 1315-aCatalonian Early Medieval Grey Ware and its Geographical Settings
(Language: English)
Lucy Neville, Departament d'Humanitats, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites
Paper 1315-bFour Fibulae and A Weight: Metalwork and Industrial Features from 7th-9th-Century Settlements in Byzantine Epirus Vetus
(Language: English)
Myrto Veikou, Faculty of History & Archaeology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - General, Byzantine Studies
Paper 1315-cArtisanal Production and Exploitation of Natural Resources in Early Medieval Provence and Languedoc
(Language: English)
Olga Magoula, Department of Medieval History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites
Abstract

The aim of this session is to examine aspects of material culture in the various micro-regions of the Early Medieval Mediterranean. Coastal and inland settlements will be examined here in micro-regions such as in the area around Provence, Marseille, and Languedoc in a number of case studies of wares and metalwork in the 7th-9th centuries. In North-East Spain the focus is on examples of Grey wares in the small region of Valles between the 9th-11th century The third paper will attempt to explain some of the reasons for our limited knowledge of the Byzantine province of Epirus Vetus during the 7th-9th century with the help of some examples of fine metalwork. Its limited number raises questions and contrasts to the designation of the historical sources of this area as one with remarkable metalwork activity. Our intention is to analyse the typology of wares and artefacts, their distribution, the functions of centers of artisanal production, the patterns in exploitation of resources incorporating previous research and comparative data from new complete and better recorded sites.