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.
‘The breadth of the objects studied and the amount of data presented in this volume (and in the 10 appendices made available online) is impressive, with 70 different types of object being listed under 20 main categories. (…) This is a fascinating publication and is essential reading for anyone with a keen interest in the material culture of the period. It is also a rare example of an archaeological study which can just be dipped in to at random to find something surprising’ Matt Bunker, Wulfheodenas, March 2021
‘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