Making Monasteries Work for Us: Bordesley Abbey
This lecture is part of the program:
Knowledge Transfer in Medieval Monastic Networks. Monasticism, Landscape Archaeology, Cultural Heritage. Graduate Course and Workshop at CEU, 27th June – 2nd July 2012.
University of Reading (United Kingdom), Department of Archaeology
Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Department of Medieval Studies
Dr. Grenville Astill is a professor in archaeology at the University of Reading. He has published extensively on the topics of landscape, monasticism, and urbanisation in the archaeological record. In particular, he has done extensive research on the Bordesley Abbey Project, the excavation of a Cistercian foundation in Worcestershire – his contributions were on the south range, particularly the later industrial reuse of the building(http://www.reading.ac.uk/bordesley/). He is also involved in the East Brittany Survey, a landscape study of the region over the past two thousand years. His studies on urbanism in the medieval period focus on social aspects interpreted through a material framework, particularly involving numismatic evidence.
Major publications and most recent studies:
Astill G. (1993) A medieval industrial complex and its landscape: the metalworking watermills and workshops of Bordesley Abbey, Council for British Archaeology Research Reports 92, York.
Astill, G. (2011) „The changing monastic cloister: excavations in the south range of Bordesley Abbey.” Archaeological Journal, 168.
Astill, G. (2011) „Exchange, coinage and the economy of Early Medieval England”. In: Escalona, J. and Reynolds, A. (eds.) Scale and Scale Change in the Early Middle Ages: Exploring landscape, local society and the world beyond. The Medieval Countryside (6). Brepols, Turnhout, pp. 253-272.
Astill, G. G. (2010) „The long and the short: rural settlement in medieval England.” In:Goddard, R., Langdon, J. and Müller, M. (eds.) Survival and Discord in Medieval Society. Essays in honour of Christopher Dyer. Brepols, Turnhout, pp. 11-28.
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