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Examining temporality and difference: an intensive approach to understanding Mediaeval rural settlement

Jervis, Ben ORCID: 2022. Examining temporality and difference: an intensive approach to understanding Mediaeval rural settlement. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 29 , pp. 1229-1258. 10.1007/s10816-022-09555-9

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A new theoretical approach to medieval rural settlement, built on the concept of intensity, is proposed. It is argued that analysing settlements as intensive spaces creates new opportunities to explore the emergence of difference in medieval lived experience. The approach is intended to overcome the challenges posed by approaches to medieval architecture framed by binary divisions (e.g. inside/outside). Drawing on posthuman thought, it is argued that such divisions constrain the understanding of how and why difference emerged in the past. The paper advances this approach through its application to the study of house construction and domestic economy in the medieval village of Hangleton, England. It is proposed that difference emerges as everyday practices are performed in constantly changing material environments, generating situationally grounded but varied experiences of rurality. Rather than being subject to macro-scale economic processes, this approach allows us to understand historical change as a patchwork of localised interactions which overflowed the bounds of communities or regions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Additional Information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1072-5369
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 March 2022
Date of Acceptance: 24 February 2022
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 04:16

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