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Living off the Land (Paperback)

Agriculture in Wales c. 400–1600 AD

P&S History > Archaeology > British Archaeology

Edited by Rhiannon Comeau, Edited by Andy Seaman
Imprint: Windgather Press
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781911188391
Published: 25th July 2019
Casemate UK Academic

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This is the first book for a generation on medieval agriculture in Wales, presenting evidence which is of considerable relevance to those studying the development of the early medieval landscapes of England and Ireland. This collection of essays confronts the paradox that, though agriculture lay at the heart of medieval society, understanding of what this meant for Wales remains limited. The papers address key questions that include: how did the agricultural systems of Wales operate between c. 400 and 1600 AD? What light do they cast on the material evidence for life in the contemporary landscape? How similar or different was Wales to other areas of Britain and Ireland? Can we identify change over time? How do we go about researching early Welsh agriculture?

 

These issues are explored through new syntheses and case studies focused on Wales, and contextualising overviews of medieval agricultural systems in Ireland and England written by leading experts. Themes covered include the use of infield-outfield systems, seasonal land use and its impact on territorial and estate structures, and regional variation, all explored using a wide array of complementary multidisciplinary approaches. The introduction, written by the editors Rhiannon Comeau and Andy Seaman, gives context to the historiography, key debates, themes and issues surrounding this topic. The book also includes an afterword written by Professor Andrew Fleming.

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About Rhiannon Comeau

Rhiannon Comeau is completing doctoral research into the early medieval Welsh landscape at UCL Institute of Archaeology. Her earlier research has been published in Medieval Archaeology, Landscape History and Archaeologia Cambrensis. She has a particular interest in interdisciplinary approaches to the estates, focal places and agricultural systems of the early medieval period. She is a committee member of the Medieval Settlement Research Group and a Trustee for the Cambrian Archaeological Association.


About Andy Seaman

Andy Seaman is senior lecturer in early medieval archaeology at Canterbury Christ Church University. His research focuses on Wales and western Britain, and he has particular interests in settlements and the agrarian landscape, networks of power, and the early Church. He has published widely in these areas, including major articles on Dinas Powys hillfort and the ‘multiple estate model’. He is engaged in a number of projects focused on South Wales, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, Manifestations of Empire: Palaeoenvironmental Analysis and the End of Roman Britain.

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