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Title: Perceptions of Medieval Settlement
Authors: Kilby, Susan E.
Gardiner, Mark
First Published: 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Kilby, SE;Gardiner, M, Perceptions of Medieval Settlement, 'Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology', Oxford University Press
Abstract: The approach to the perception of landscape and settlement adopted by medieval archaeologists has been rather different to those of their colleagues working on the prehistoric period. To a large extent such differences can be attributed to the quality of the evidence. Many of the studied medieval buildings still survive, albeit often as ruins. The landscape with its pattern of roads, fields and farms can be largely reconstructed in broad terms, and sometimes in detail. This sort of material both informs our understanding of past perceptions of landscape, but also serves to constrain the way we might interpret it. The type of imaginative reconstruction advocated, for example by Tilley (2010, 30–31), in which the archaeologist places themselves within the landscape and responds to the experience has been practised only rarely for the historic period. It is not that medievalists lack the imagination of prehistorians, but rather they do not feel the need to embark upon discussions of their particular experience of place when it is possible instead to reflect upon how those in the Middle Ages may have perceived their surroundings.
ISBN: tbc
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © [YEAR] Oxford University Press. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy accessed 14/01/2016
Description: This is a draft of a chapter/article that has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the forthcoming book 'Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology' by/edited by Kilby, SE;Gardiner, M due for publication in 2016.
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