Reflections: 50 Years of Medieval Archaeology, 1957-2007
Gilchrist, R. and Reynolds, A., eds. (2009) Reflections: 50 Years of Medieval Archaeology, 1957-2007. Society for Medieval Archaeology Monographs, 30. Maney, Leeds, pp518. ISBN 978 1 906540 71 5
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This volume celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Society for Medieval Archaeology (established in 1957), presenting reflections on the history, development and future prospects of the discipline. The papers are drawn from a series of conferences and workshops that took place in 2007-2008, in addition to a number of contributions that were commissioned especially for the volume. They range from personal commentaries on the history of the Society and the growth of the subject, to historiographical, regional and thematic overviews of major trends in the evolution and current practice of medieval archaeology in Britain. Critical overviews are presented of the archaeology of medieval landscapes, buildings and material culture; new developments in the scientific study of medieval health, diet and materials; and innovations in social approaches to medieval archaeology. A series of papers on southern Europe provide a comparative perspective, featuring overviews on medieval archaeology in Italy, Spain and southeastern Europe.