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Chpater 3. The Early to Middle Anglo-Saxon Period, 500–800

Brookes, S; Mileson, S; (2021) Chpater 3. The Early to Middle Anglo-Saxon Period, 500–800. In: Peasant Perceptions of Landscape: Ewelme Hundred, South Oxfordshire, 500-1650. (pp. 44-101). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

This chapter examines the poorly documented centuries in the middle of the first millennium AD. It recovers economic structures and daily interactions from archaeological evidence, as well as from mainly later documents. The nature and impact of the Roman to Anglo-Saxon transition within the study area is considered, and demographic and agrarian trends are set out. The character of early royal involvement in the area is assessed, looking in particular at the evidence for a possible great hall complex at Benson. It is argued that princes and kings had a visible impact on the land and on landscape memorialization, but that the strongest driver of perceptions were the localized territorial farming units to which inhabitants belonged. In this period of poor crop storage facilities, hunger and the threat of starvation had a particularly acute impact on the way the landscape was experienced.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Chpater 3. The Early to Middle Anglo-Saxon Period, 500–800
ISBN-13: 9780192894892
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780192894892.003.0003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780192894892.003.0003
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: Roman to Anglo-Saxon transition, kin groups, territories, kingdoms, beliefs, perceptions, scale and scale change
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10132555
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