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Ceramics and coastal communities in medieval (12th-14th Century) Europe: negotiating identity in England's Channel ports

Jervis, Ben ORCID: 2017. Ceramics and coastal communities in medieval (12th-14th Century) Europe: negotiating identity in England's Channel ports. European Journal of Archaeology 20 (1) , pp. 148-167. 10.1017/eaa.2016.3

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Using the example of pottery imported into the Channel ports of southern England, an approach to examining the role of pottery in the emergence and mediation of coastal communities is proposed. Building upon recent scholarship it is argued that it is no longer tenable to see pottery as a carrier of identity or as part of a ‘cultural package’, with meaning instead emerging with identity as people interact with pottery within and outside of port environments. The study proposes that imported pottery found meaning in different ways depending upon the context of acquisition and use and, as such, it mediated different forms of community and identity. The paper ends with a consideration of the wider implications of this approach for ongoing studies of material culture, trade and urban identities in medieval Europe.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DAW Central Europe
Uncontrolled Keywords: England medieval archaeology pottery trade identity community material culture
Additional Information: Note Author's request that the post print be restricted until publication or gold version supplied
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1461-9571
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2 March 2016
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 04:18

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