Launch of two new volumes in Medieval Archaeology

18 April 2013

Landscapes of Defence in Early Medieval Europe bookcover

The publication of two significant volumes resulting from a major Institute research project will be marked by a book launch event at the Institute next month.

A special event will be held to mark the publication of Landscapes of Defence in Early Medieval Europe, edited by John Baker, Stuart Brookes and Andrew Reynolds and Beyond the Burghal Hidage. Anglo-Saxon Civil Defence in the Viking Age by John Baker and Stuart Brookes.

Both volumes stem from the Beyond the Burghal Hidage project, a significant collaborative inter-disciplinary research project funding by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Andrew Reynolds with partners from the University of Nottingham.

The Beyond the Burghal Hidage research project ran from 2005-8 and investigated landscapes of defence in the Viking Age, providing the first systematic study of Anglo-Saxon military organisation and its landscape context for the period c.850-1066, drawing on the whole range of sources available including archaeological evidence, place-names, landscape survey and documentary evidence.

Beyond the Burghal Hidage. Anglo-Saxon Civil Defence in the Viking Age bookcover

The book launch event at the Institute on 7 May will also mark the publication of Early Medieval Art and Archaeology in the Northern World which celebrates the life and work of James Graham-Campbell and was edited by Andrew Reynolds and Leslie Webster. The festschriften brings together 46 leading experts on the European Early Middle Ages and represents a major contribution to the field of medieval studies.

Andrew Reynolds and Stuart Brookes are currently working on publication of the Landscapes of Governance research project, which ran from 2009-12 and investigated assembly sites in England dating from the 5th-11th centuries AD, revealing much about their relationship to other social functions and places. This collaborative project, also funded by the Leverhulme Trust, involved the combination of archaeological, place-name and written source evidence together for the first time in a comprehensive national research project.