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Lineage, genealogy and landscape: a high-resolution archaeological model for the emergence of supra-local society from early medieval England

Reynolds, AJ; (2018) Lineage, genealogy and landscape: a high-resolution archaeological model for the emergence of supra-local society from early medieval England. World Archaeology , 50 (1) pp. 121-136. 10.1080/00438243.2018.1500303. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper considers the socio-political implications of a series of closely spatially and temporally related early medieval cemeteries from England and how they might be read as charting the emergence of both individual communities and of collective supra-local society. The case study is from early post-Roman Britain in a region that during the 6th century AD became the historically documented Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Kent. Four distinct communities appropriated an earlier burial landscape, arguably by a process of negotiation, reflecting the formation of a small-scale, supra-local society based around a site of occasional gathering. A key notion is that periodic gathering and local stability could be core features of large-scale polity formation. Overall, a case is made for the long-term cohesion of a local territory, reliant on an ancient mode of social organization.

Type: Article
Title: Lineage, genealogy and landscape: a high-resolution archaeological model for the emergence of supra-local society from early medieval England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2018.1500303
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2018.1500303
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: ineage; genealogy; gathering; assembly; social complexity; supra-local society.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052468
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