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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1455: Maurice Beresford, FBA (1920-2005): His Influence on Medieval Settlement Research - Past, Present, and Future: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Medieval Settlement Research Group / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Stuart Wrathmell, West Yorkshire Archaeology Service, Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Susan Kilby, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester
Paper 1455-aThe Wharram Project: A Model for Rural Settlement Research?
(Language: English)
Stuart Wrathmell, West Yorkshire Archaeology Service, Leeds
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1455-bWas Wharram Percy Doomed to Fail? Explaining the Desertion of Villages, 1320-1600
(Language: English)
Christopher Dyer, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Geography and Settlement Studies, Social History
Paper 1455-cVillage Churches and Village Plans: Formation and Development
(Language: English)
David Stocker, Univeristy of Leeds
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Geography and Settlement Studies

Maurice Beresford did more than anyone to establish and promote the study of deserted medieval villages, and he set in motion a field of inquiry that has transformed our views of the medieval countryside. Soon after joining the University of Leeds, he initiated the excavations of the deserted medieval village site at Wharram Percy in eastern Yorkshire, work which attracted many collaborators whose work led to one of the most influential and long-running archaeological research projects of its kind in Europe. This session explores the lasting contributions to medieval settlement studies made by Beresford and by the Wharram project, as well as the project's current influence and its potential role in future settlement research.

Participants include Christopher Dyer (University of Leicester), David Stocker (University of Leeds), and Stuart Wrathmell (Medieval Settlement Research Group, York).