Early medieval settlement at Mothecombe, Devon: the interaction of local, regional and long-distance dynamics

Agate, A. et al. (2012) Early medieval settlement at Mothecombe, Devon: the interaction of local, regional and long-distance dynamics. Archaeological Journal, 169(1), pp. 343-394. (doi: 10.1080/00665983.2012.11020918)

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Abstract

Excavations at Meadowsfoot Beach, Mothecombe, south Devon, between 2004 and 2011 focused on two main areas. In the first, evidence for occupation in a sand dune included successive hearths and imported early medieval finds. In the second, three phases of early medieval structures were uncovered, along with more imported finds including amphora sherds. At least one of the structures was very large, and is presently unique in Devon. The landscape context of the site is considered along with the impact of sea-level change and coastal erosion. The paper concludes with a discussion of the site and its relationship to post-Roman networks of trade and communications with late Antique Atlantic Europe and the Mediterranean. We argue that Mothecombe helps us towards a better understanding of these networks by furnishing new insights on their social foundations in western Britain.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:doi: 10.1080/00665983.2012.11020918
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kinnaird, Dr Timothy and Campbell, Dr Ewan and Hall, Dr Allan
Authors: Agate, A., Duggan, M., Roskams, S., Turner, S., Campbell, E., Hall, A., Kinnaird, T., Luke, Y., McIntosh, F., Neal, C., and Young, R.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Archaeological Journal
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0066-5983
ISSN (Online):2373-2288

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