Medieval Archaeology


Medieval Archaeology

**Volume 65.2 now out and available at Taylor and Francis Online and in print**

I’m very pleased to announce that issue 65.2 of Medieval Archaeology has now been published online and the print copy should also have arrived with members. This is the final volume that I will oversee in my three-year term as Honorary Editor, and despite the very unusual and challenging circumstances caused by COVID over the past two years, editing the journal has been both a professional and personal privilege. I would like to thank all the members of the SMA Editorial Committee and Council for their help, advice, and input during my tenure—they have been exceptionally supportive and a pleasure to work with throughout. My thanks also goes to our Taylor & Francis management and production team of Liz Colquhoun, Emma Lockwood, and especially Adam Brett, who have always tried to honour requests and solve problems expediently and with good humour. I must also thank our copyeditor Talya Bagwell, who makes an editor’s job so much easier—I couldn’t imagine the task without her. Lastly, I would like to thank the authors for choosing to publish their research in our journal, and for their patience throughout the often time-consuming editing and publishing process, and all the peer reviewers who volunteered their time. Their collective efforts have ensured that the academic quality of the journal remains extraordinarily strong.

Aleks Pluskowski, who has served as Deputy Editor over the past three years, will now take the reins as Honorary Editor, and he will be ably assisted by new Deputy Editor Duncan Wright. I am sure they will make an excellent team and take the journal to new heights, and steer it safely through a rapidly changing academic publishing landscape which is both exciting and uncertain all at once.

The content in this issue offers five original articles focusing on new medieval research from England, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, and Denmark, and ranging in date from the 7th to 12th centuries. I am particularly pleased that during my tenure the international scope of the journal has really flourished, expanding well beyond the shores of the UK to give readers perspectives on all corners of the medieval world. I am certain that this trend will continue, and I am excited to see the work that it produces.

In this issue we have two articles on extraordinary early-medieval single finds: a fine Insular 8th-century gilt-bronze horse-harness from South Shields, and an 8th–9th-century Pictish cross slab from Aberdeenshire. The South Shields piece gives us insight into continuing early-medieval use of Roman landmarks, as well as into economic and cultural links and movement of people and goods between Ireland and Northumbria in the 8th century. The cross slab from St Ringan’s cairn speaks to the skill and creativity of Pictish stone carvers, illuminates the monastic cultures of patronage that produced such art, and also looks beyond the object itself to reveal the use of these monuments in the landscapes in which they were erected.

Emma Hannah’s article on craft-working in Ireland takes a long-term ‘big data’ approach to explore 800 years of craft and industry by analysing a huge range of radiocarbon dates from bone/antler-, wood-, and metal-working activities. Modelling of the intensity of craft-work over time is used to assess the role of urbanism and cultural change in spurring craft production in Ireland, and to challenge a number of long-held assumptions about the roles of demography, Viking incursions, and monastic institutions on the development of various crafts.

Asgeir Svestad’s article offers a fresh look at an old find—the Skjoldenham bog burial from 11th-century Norway. First discovered in the 1930s, the burial’s unusual mix of clothing and features has produced extensive debate on whether it represents a person of Norse or Sámi ethnicity or cultural affiliations. Through a programme of scientific dating and analysis of the clothing, as well as the integration of theoretical perspectives on hybridity and identity, this article offers new perspectives on the social and religious context of the burial.

Lastly, Anne Pedersen and Sigmund Oehrl have produced an extraordinarily thorough, wide-ranging contextual analysis and interpretation of two Urnes-style Viking Age brooches found in Sjælland, Denmark. The article undertakes a detailed examination of the objects themselves, looking at its style, construction, and iconography, but also draws on documentary and material evidence from across Europe to pose a new interpretation of the brooches’ Christian subject-matter, and the cultural context in which they were produced and displayed.

The five main articles are accompanied by the PAS annual report as well as highlights of some of the most exciting recent archaeological fieldwork in Britain and Ireland, including projects on an early medieval burial ground in Cambridge and excavations at Carrickfergus and Caernarvon Castles. There are also book reviews on 45 recent publications on medieval topics from across Europe, which will help readers keep up to date with the newest and most exciting research in the field. I hope you all enjoy this volume, and join me in offering enthusiastic support to the new editorial team.

Aleksandra McClain, Honorary Editor of Medieval Archaeology

 

Information about the Journal

The Honorary Editor welcomes original submissions of international significance, or national significance and international interest, which match the objectives of the Society. Information on submitting research articles and shorter contributions can be found on the How to Contribute page. For details of how to submit fieldwork summaries and highlights for publication, see the Medieval Britain and Ireland page. Please send books for review directly to the Reviews and Medieval Britain and Ireland Editor.

The Society annually awards the Martyn Jope Award of £200 for the best novel interpretation, application of analytical method or presentation of new findings published in its journal.

Volumes 1 to 50 of our journal are now available free-of-charge online via ADS, while volumes 44 onwards are available online for our members at Taylor and Francis Online.

The Index to Volumes 51-55 of Medieval Archaeology is now available as a downloadable PDF.

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