IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 506: Defining Forests: Forest Management in Long Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, I - Policing the Forest

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Bernhard Muigg, Institut für Forstwissenschaften, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
David Wallace-Hare, Department of Classics, University of Toronto
Moderator/Chair:Chelsea Shields-Más, Department of History, University of York
Paper 506-aThe Early Irish Law Tract Fidbretha 'Tree-Judgments'
(Language: English)
Charlene Eska, Department of English Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Language and Literature - Celtic, Law
Paper 506-bForest Access in Early Medieval Hesse
(Language: English)
Matthias Hardt, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Kultur & Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas e.V. (GWZO), Universität Leipzig
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Local History, Onomastics
Paper 506-cForest Management in Legal, Commercial, and Administrative Sources from Visigothic and Muslim Spain
(Language: English)
David Wallace-Hare, Department of Classics, University of Toronto
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Law
Abstract

Forests often represented border areas between cultivated land and wilderness and almost always contained important resources whose ownership was hotly contended and controlled. This multi-session panel provides a cross-disciplinary approach examining forest use during Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (3rd-10th century CE) combining written sources, archaeological evidence, and proxy data. Forests provided valuable resources (e.g. construction timber, fuelwood, acorns) for past societies but have only recently come under intense scholarly scrutiny in the last decades. Session I examines regulations surrounding forest use and misuse during Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages through three case studies.