Freitag, 1. Juni 2018

CfP - Ruralia XIII Conference Stirling 2019: “Seasonal Settlement in the Medieval and Early Modern Countryside”

Insbesondere auch aus dem deutschen Raum sind Beiträge zu  saisonalen Siedlungen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit für die nächste Ruralia-Konferenz gesucht.

By its very nature, ephemeral seasonal settlement is less well researched than permanent settlement. There has been a rash of recent work on transhumance a subject that has its own history and archaeology and has been variously researched in many parts of Europe. However, transhumance was only one facet of seasonal settlement. It was also necessitated by other forms of economic activity, such as fishing, following the movement of the herring shoals, or charcoal burning, as stocks of woodland are coppiced and burned, and even perhaps iron smelting with the exploitation of bog iron in Scotland, for example.

All of these leave particular forms of settlement and archaeology associated with the particular economic practice, and may vary in form according to the environment in which the activity is carried out: whether upland or lowland, coastal or inland, woodland or open pasture, mountain or plain (steppe). The types of buildings and structures that are constructed associated with summer settlement and the evidence for it being seasonal are key determinants of its relevance to this conference. The increased exploitation of resources in the medieval period with a growing population are drivers for this kind of activity which may have varied and developed according to the wider economy, of course, and should be reflected in the archaeology.

For Ruralia XIII Conference held in Stirling (Scotland, UK) 9th – 15th September 2019 we are seeking papers that address some of the questions outlined below that date to the longue durée of the medieval period. Sessions may be focused on particular areas of activity such as fishing or transhumance, or on particular chronological phases within the medieval period depending upon the level of interest shown. Papers which incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to landscape and land-use research are particularly welcome, for example, those combining geoarchaeology, palaeoenvironmental studies and historical documentary analysis.

Papers should address some of the following questions:
  • How do we recognise seasonal settlement? How do we know it is seasonal?
  • What form do these activities take and how was the associated settlement organised?
  • What is the environmental evidence for seasonal settlement? This may be proxy data such as pollen rain, physical evidence in the landscape of past land-use or environmental data from excavations of seasonal settlements of whatever kind.
  • What is the dating for these activities and how does it relate to other forms of evidence, including documentary sources?
  • How were these activities affected by economic drivers such as population growth and decline and consequent changes which may be reflected in the archaeology or in land-use change?
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