The research presented in this book advances scholarship on Anglo-Saxon non-elite rural settlements through the analysis of material culture. Forty-four non-elite sites and the high-status site of Staunch Meadow, occupied throughout the Anglo-Saxon period (c. 5th-11th centuries) and geographically representative of Anglo-Saxon settlement in England, were selected for study. Comparative analyses of the material culture assemblages and settlement data from these sites were evaluated from four main research perspectives: the archaeological contexts and distributional patterns of material culture at the sites; the range and character of material culture; patterns of material culture consumption; and material culture as evidence for the economic reach of rural settlements.
Hana Lewis holds a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. She specialises in the archaeology and material culture of early medieval Britain. She has had a long career in cultural heritage, including as a Senior Archaeologist for Museum of London Archaeology and Project Officer for the British Library Labs project.
‘This thesis challenges our understanding of non-elite rural settlements in the Anglo-Saxon period, and is an essential read for anyone interested in the material culture of this period and the Anglo-Saxon rural landscape.’ Dr Michael Lewis, British Museum
‘This book provides a fascinating insight into the material culture of early medieval rural settlement sites, and reflects the enormous advances that have been made through both development-led archaeology and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.’ Prof. Stephen Rippon, University of Exeter