Archaeology, Norwich and medieval North Sea communities: exploration of a diverse commonality

Ayers, Brian (2020) Archaeology, Norwich and medieval North Sea communities: exploration of a diverse commonality. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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This commentary explores the nature and impact of a body of research and publication by the author which examined and contextualised archaeological research, initially in the city of Norwich and later more extensively in northern Europe.

The commentary is divided into six sections. Section 1 outlines the characterisation, assessment, research, synthesis and publication of archaeological data, notably from Norwich, resulting in a range of stand-alone reports as well as scholarly papers. Section 2 explores the evolution of the research, detailing the development of approach, and publication of a series of academic papers in regional, national and European journals. Section 3 summarises the wider dissemination of concepts concerning the origins and early development of Norwich, notably through publication of a monograph in 1994. Section 4 notes the broadening of the scope of archaeological research on a national scale and how this has been supported by the publication of a number of papers, utilising the perspective from Norwich. Recognition that the hinterland of the medieval city was much larger than its immediate territorial surroundings led to investigation of the potential of the network of ‘North Sea world’ cities and their own hinterlands. This is explored in Section 5 where research also led to the publication of a monograph in 2016 examining the development of medieval maritime societies and illustrating how the historic environment highlighted their ‘diverse commonality’. Section 6 takes the twin aspects of the research within a single city, Norwich, and contextualisation within its wide transnational hinterland and illustrates how their publication provides greater awareness of the urban process, assisting both future research agenda and present-day education and engagement.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Publication
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Chris White
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2020 14:15
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2020 14:15


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