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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1016: Crossing Boundaries: The Materiality of Medieval Boundaries and Borders in Northern Britain

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Aubrey Steingraber, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Aleksandra McClain, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Paper 1016-aThe Danelaw Boundary of the Late 9th Century: A Nation-State Model?
(Language: English)
Andrew Marriott, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, Newcastle University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1016-bCommunities of the Tweed: Power and Place on the Medieval Anglo-Scottish Border
(Language: English)
Aubrey Steingraber, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Computing in Medieval Studies, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1016-cCoinage, Landscape, and Society in the Borderlands: Economy, Politics, and Identity in Scotland and Northern England, 1136-1603
(Language: English)
Carl Savage, Department of Archaeology, University of York / National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Trade, Politics and Diplomacy

Political borders in the medieval period were fluid zones of political and cultural interaction. They were places where warfare frequently concentrated, where local communities negotiated multiple administrative systems, and where national and local identities were heightened and entangled. Relatively little work has been conducted in Britain on the materiality of medieval political borders and boundaries. This session investigates material manifestations of borderland dynamics along two different medieval borders - the Anglo-Scottish border and the Danelaw. In doing so, it explores medieval territoriality and the development of British nation-states from a fresh material perspective while also evaluating methodologies used within the growing field of archaeological borderland studies.