Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages

Author: Bonnie Effros
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520928183
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Clothing, jewelry, animal remains, ceramics, coins, and weaponry are among the artifacts that have been discovered in graves in Gaul dating from the fifth to eighth century. Those who have unearthed them, from the middle ages to the present, have speculated widely on their meaning. This authoritative book makes a major contribution to the study of death and burial in late antique and early medieval society with its long overdue systematic discussion of this mortuary evidence. Tracing the history of Merovingian archaeology within its cultural and intellectual context for the first time, Effros exposes biases and prejudices that have colored previous interpretations of these burial sites and assesses what contemporary archaeology can tell us about the Frankish kingdoms. Working at the intersection of history and archaeology, and drawing from anthropology and art history, Effros emphasizes in particular the effects of historical events and intellectual movements on French and German antiquarian and archaeological studies of these grave goods. Her discussion traces the evolution of concepts of nationhood, race, and culture and shows how these concepts helped shape an understanding of the past. Effros then turns to contemporary multidisciplinary methodologies and finds that we are still limited by the types of information that can be readily gleaned from physical and written sources of Merovingian graves. For example, since material evidence found in the graves of elite families and particularly elite men is more plentiful and noteworthy, mortuary goods do not speak as directly to the conditions in which women and the poor lived. The clarity and sophistication with which Effros discusses the methods and results of European archaeology is a compelling demonstration of the impact of nationalist ideologies on a single discipline and of the struggle toward the more pluralistic vision that has developed in the post-war years.

Perceiving War and the Military in Early Christian Gaul ca 400 700 A D

Author: Laury Sarti
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004258051
Format: PDF, ePub
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In Perceiving War and the Military, Laury Sarti highlights the significance of a permanently increasing contact with armed violence for the gradual transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, analysing contemporary ideas and concepts of war and the military.

Zwischen Sp tantike und Fr hmittelalter

Author: Sebastian Brather
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 311021072X
Format: PDF, Docs
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The 15 articles in this volume are dedicated to the analysis of fundamental cultural developments between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Archaeologists and historians offer new perspectives on Central and Western Europe which do not simply polarise between Romans and Germans. Central themes are the relationship between historical studies and archaeology, the beginnings of the Early Middle Ages, the archaeology of early medieval “peoples”, the role of burials, as well as trade and exchange. The result is a complex picture of an epoch of decisive change.

From Constantine to Charlemagne

Author: Neil Christie
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781859284216
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book offers an overview of the archaeological and structural evidence for one of the most vital periods of Italian history, spanning the late Roman and early medieval periods. The chronological scope covers the adoption of Christianity and the emergence of Rome as the seat of Western Christendom, the break-up of the Roman west in the face of internal decay and the settlement of non-Romans and Germanic groups, the impact of Germanic and Byzantine rule on Italy until the rise of Charlemagne and of a Papal State in the later eighth century. Presenting a detailed review and analysis of recent discoveries by archaeologists, historians, art historians, numismatists and architectural historians, Neil Christie identifies the changes brought about by the Church in town and country, the level of change within Italy under Rome before and after occupation by Ostrogoths, Byzantines and Lombards, and reviews wider changes in urbanism, rural exploitation and defence. The emphasis is on human settlement on its varied levels - town, country, fort, refuge - and the assessment of how these evolved and the changes that impacted on them. this fascinating and dynamic period of European history.

Becoming Slav Becoming Croat

Author: Danijel Džino
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004186468
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Drawing on the new ways of reading and studying ancient and early medieval sources, this book explores the appearance of the Croat identity in early medieval Dalmatia.