IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 216: Diaspora and the Natural World, I

Monday 7 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for Medieval Archaeology
Organiser:Naomi Sykes, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Richard Jones, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester.
Paper 216-aHunting Lions and Breeding Warhorses: Investigating the Impact of Crusading on Animal Exploitation at the Frontiers of Christendom
(Language: English)
Aleksander G. Pluskowski, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Crusades
Paper 216-bChanging Faiths, Changing Worlds?: Perceptions of Nature in England, c. 450-1100
(Language: English)
Kristopher Poole, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life
Paper 216-cArtefacts of Diaspora: Culture Contact and the Production of Antler Combs in Early Viking Age Britain
(Language: English)
Steven Ashby, Portable Antiquities Scheme, Northamptonshire County Council
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Trade

Medieval Europe witnessed far-ranging movements of both peoples and ideas; from Barbarian invasions to the Crusades and from Paganism to the expansion of Christianity and Islam. The impact of these movements on the ‘Natural World’, both physical and perceived, was many and varied. Understanding their significance has the potential to reveal much about the groups responsible for them. This session seeks to showcase new archaeological research – whether scientific or theoretically-based – into the ecological and/or ideological changes that accompanied the diasporas of the medieval period.