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Assessing urban fortunes in six late medieval ports: an archaeological application of assemblage theory

Jervis, Ben ORCID: 2017. Assessing urban fortunes in six late medieval ports: an archaeological application of assemblage theory. Urban History 44 (1) , pp. 2-26. 10.1017/S0963926815000930

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Variations in the fortunes of six late medieval ports in Sussex are considered using data derived from archaeological excavations. Several indicators are used to assess differences in urban fortunes and to critique the concept of urban ‘decline’. The interpretive framework of assemblage theory is then used to examine why the fortunes of these ports varied. The article argues for a turn from discussions of decay and decline towards considerations of changes, continuities and transformations in urban life in late medieval England.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Additional Information: Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2015 This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0963-9268
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 1 October 2015
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 04:18

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