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Gateways, gates, and gatu: Liminal spaces at the centre of things

Brookes, SJ; Baker, J; (2017) Gateways, gates, and gatu: Liminal spaces at the centre of things. Neue Studien zur Sachsenforschung , 6 Green open access

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Abstract

By definition, liminal spaces exist outside the sphere of normal everyday activity — they form ‘thresholds’ of or between different structures and behaviours; but there are many instances in Anglo-Saxon England where liminal locations can be recognised as important loci of social, political and legal interaction, as gateways that simultaneously divide and unite. This function is very clearly displayed in the positioning of sites of public assembly on major regional or national boundaries. This paper uses historical, archaeological and toponymic evidence to examine this ‘liminal centrality’ and the importance of thresholds in defining political groups and the geography of Anglo-Saxon England.

Type: Article
Title: Gateways, gates, and gatu: Liminal spaces at the centre of things
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.landesmuseum-hannover.niedersachsen.de/...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Landesmuseum Hannover 2016. This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471711
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