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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1218: The Materiality of Everyday Life, I: Sources and Approaches

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Chris D. Briggs, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Ben Jervis, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Paper 1218-aAccidental Deaths, Animals, and Everyday Objects in England, 1240-1257
(Language: English)
Kenneth F. Duggan, Huron University College, Western University, Ontario
Index terms: Law, Social History
Paper 1218-bCharting Long-Run Changes in Living Standards, 1370-1600: Felons' Chattels and Archaeological Finds
(Language: English)
Chris D. Briggs, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - General, Economics - Rural
Paper 1218-cEvidencing Peasant Material Culture through Portable Antiquities Scheme Data
(Language: English)
Michael John Lewis, Portable Antiquities Scheme, British Museum, London
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General

This session focuses on the inter-relations between the range of sources available to us for understanding the material lives of medieval people. Drawing on the interdisciplinary ethos of the Leverhulme Trust funded project 'Living Standards and Material Culture in English Rural Households, 1300-1600', the session particularly seeks to explore the advances in understanding that can be made through the combination of historical sources, evidence from archaeological excavations and stray finds collected by metal detectorists. From mentions of everyday objects in association with reports of accidental deaths, to inventories of the seized goods and chattels of the peasantry and items of dress lost whilst working the fields, the session will show how different sources can illuminate a variety of areas of medieval materiality.