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Examining Temporality and Difference: an Intensive Approach to Understanding Medieval Rural Settlement

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posted on 2023-12-14, 12:01 authored by Ben Jervis

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.

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School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester

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  • VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

Volume

29

Issue

4

Pagination

1229 - 1258

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC

issn

1072-5369

eissn

1573-7764

Copyright date

2022

Available date

2023-12-14

Language

en

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