- ISBN 9780199212149 / 0199212147
- Title Oxford Handbook of Anglo-saxon Archaeology
- Author Helena Hamerow
- Category Archaeology By Period / Region
- Format Hardcover
- Year 2010
- Pages 1112
- Publisher Oxford University Press
- Imprint Oxford University Press
- Language English
- Dimensions 246mm x 171mm
Written by a team of experts and presenting the results of the most up-to-date research, The Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology will both stimulate and support further investigation into a society poised at the interface between prehistory and history.
Since the early 20th century the scholarly study of Anglo-Saxon texts has been augmented by systematic excavation and analysis of physical evidence - settlements, cemeteries, artefacts, environmental data, and standing buildings. This evidence has confirmed some readings of the Anglo-Saxon literary and documentary sources and challenged others. More recently, large-scale excavations both in towns and in the countryside, the application of computer methods to large bodies of data, new techniques for site identification such as remote sensing, and new dating methods have put archaeology at the forefront of Anglo-Saxon studies. The Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology, written by a team of experts and presenting the results of the most up-to-date research, will both stimulate and support further investigation into those aspects of Anglo-Saxon life and culture which archaeology has fundamentally illuminated. It will prove an essential resourse for our understanding of a society poised at the interface between prehistory and history.
The most significant collection on the subject since David Wilson's... a once-in-a-generation collection. Alex Burghart, Times Literary Supplement well written and well edited ... the scope and coverage of the Handbook mean that its discussions and evaluations will be current for many years to come. The volume sets out to provide a resource for the ongoing study of Anglo-Saxon archaeology and it has achieved that goal. Zoe Devlin, European Journal of Archaeology offers a wealth of knowledge of all aspects of contemporary research into Anglo-Saxon archaeology, and will become a crucial reference as a starting point to anyone studying the period or a particular topic. Matilda Holmes, Archaeological Review from Cambridge an invaluable resource for students and scholars of Anglo-Saxon England. Thomas Pickles, Medieval Settlement Research scholarly and wide-ranging ... And copious it is, with every aspect of life, death and spirituality examined in ten parts, each introduced by a well-chosen voice in the field: Madeleine Hummler, Antiquity This is still the only place where one can find the whole range of current scholarly debates grouped into one volume. Whether one wishes to use it as introductory reading or as an up-to-date bibliographical resource, anyone taking the study of the Anglo-Saxon period seriously ought to place a copy on their shelf. Letty Ten Harkel, The English Historical Review.
Helena Hamerow is Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. David A. Hinton is Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton Sally Crawford is Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology, Birmingham University