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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1505: Landscapes/Seascapes, I: Shaping Territorial Identities

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Organiser:Leonie V. Hicks, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Moderator/Chair:Michael Bintley, Department of English & Language Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 1505-aComparing Anglo-Saxon Administrative Boundaries and Watersheds Using GIS
(Language: English)
Andrew Lowerre, Historic England, Portsmouth
Index terms: Administration, Archaeology - General, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1505-bCrossing Land and Sea: How Travel and Communication Influenced the Landholding of Thegns in Hampshire in the Late Anglo-Saxon State
(Language: English)
Katherine Blayney, St Peter's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Geography and Settlement Studies, Social History
Paper 1505-cExploring the Landscapes of Henry Dingley's World: Stratford-upon-Avon and Its Environs in the Late 1560s to 1580s
(Language: English)
Maria Anne Hayward, Department of History, University of Southampton
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History, Mentalities, Science

This session is the first of three exploring different approaches to the understanding of medieval landscapes drawing on archaeological, historical, and literary approaches. The first session in this strand considers the interactions between people and the environment that helped shaped land and water for specific reasons: administration, land-holding, and as a reflection of identity. The papers draw on different methodologies and techniques from GIS and spatial statistics to close reading of literary sources. The speakers consider how human-environment relationships influenced the formation of territories, the importance of roads, trackways and seaways in shaping land holding and the significance of flora for understanding the local landscape.