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The First Millennium AD in Europe and the Mediterranean
An Archaeological Essay


  • Date Published: February 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521387873

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  • Modern archaeology, with its huge methodological repertoire, its interdisciplinary orientation and its rapidly expanding basis in excavations, is beginning to rewrite history, and to reshape our views of the development of Europe prior to the present millennium. Archaeological evidence draws attention to processes on which the written record is silent, or which were not fully appreciated by contemporaries in the literate centres. This book deals with the rise of medieval western Europe as the Roman Empire crumbled, and the integration of hitherto barbarian societies into the new mainstream of European society. Archaeological material is the main focus, but information derived from written sources, especially those illuminating the economic and the associated social circumstances, is also taken into account.

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    'He outlines the rise of medieval western Europe from the ruins of the classical world in an intelligent and readable account … he marshals a wealth of data to offer a penetrating analysis of the dynamics of culture change during a period that saw the creation of Europe as we recognise it today. This is a particularly valuable book for students.' New Scientist

    '… an exhaustively researched and carefully presented account of the first millennium AD in Europe … a valuable reference work for archaeologists and historians alike.' American Anthropologist

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    • Date Published: February 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521387873
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 92 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The historical framework
    AD 0–200
    AD 200–400
    AD 400–600
    AD 600–800
    AD 800–1000
    3. The physical setting
    General physical conditions
    Climatic change
    Agriculture and erosion
    Cultivated plants
    Domestic animals
    4. Rural settlement
    Roman Italy
    The Mediterranean in the Roman period
    The Near East
    Temperate Western Europe in the Roman period
    The Danube area in the Roman period
    Western Europe in the post-Roman period
    Northern Europe
    5. Towns and other centres
    Size and distribution of Roman towns
    Late Roman fortifications
    Churches, mosaics, and inscriptions
    Roman forts
    6. Production and exchange
    Development of water transport
    Roman pottery
    Exchange in Central and Northern Europe
    7. Society, culture and mentality
    Social inequality
    The visible and the invisible
    8. Archaeology and historiography
    From the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages
    In the shadow of the empire
    Epilogue and prologue

  • Author

    Klavs Randsborg, University of Copenhagen

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