IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 303: Architecture, Archaeology, and Landscape of Power, III: The Royal Vill in Anglo-Saxon England

Monday 13 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Durham University
Organiser:David Rollason, Department of History, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Semple, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Paper 303-aAnglo-Saxon Royal Manors: Location and Communication
(Language: English)
Alexandra Sanmark, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
Index terms: Administration, Archaeology - Sites
Paper 303-bRoyal Vills and Royal Power in Anglo-Saxon Kent
(Language: English)
Stuart Brookes, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
Index terms: Administration, Archaeology - General, Economics - General
Paper 303-cWest Saxon Royal Sites
(Language: English)
Ryan Lavelle, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Winchester
Index terms: Administration, Art History - Painting
Abstract

The aim of this session is to examine the geography of power as it is represented by the location and character of the centres often termed in English sources ‘royal vills’. The crucial significance of these centres for understanding the nature and operation of power in the early middle ages, long ago underlined by Peter Sawyer, will here be pursued from an archaeological, landscape, and historical perspective.