I’m delighted to announce that issue 62/2 is finally out online (click here). We have experienced delays due to issues introduced in production by a Taylor and Francis supplier, however, the problems are now resolved and members can now access the new issue.
The content in 62/2 is internationally wide-ranging, beginning with a detailed consideration of the workmanship and production of the famous Dalem brooch from Norway. This extravagant Style I ornamented brooch combines new and old designs and is argued by the authors, Unn Pedersen and Siv Kristoffersen, to have been produced using a composite method by a skilled team of craftworkers who operated within a creative, cross-disciplinary and intellectual milieu. Moving a century later in time, and to mainland Britain, Katie Haworth presents a detailed and applied analysis of a previously unpublished 7th-century necklace from Hardingstone in Northamptonshire. The author investigates its discovery and its component parts, undertaking a qualitative compositional analysis of the silver and glass used in their manufacture and argues for an intentional combination of exotic and esoteric materials. Compositional analysis also forms the basis for a shorter contribution in this issue by Marcus Roxburgh and Bertil van Os who explore copper-alloy pin production in eastern England and the Netherlands in the 7th to 11th centuries, providing evidence of the varied nature of production on both sides of the North Sea and demonstrating how fresh metals were preferred over recycled materials at Domburg, whereas at Sedgeford in Norfolk local metalworkers may have favoured using scrap material.
We also have an article in this issue from Gabor Thomas, setting out some of the remarkable discoveries made during excavations of the Anglo-Saxon great hall complex at Lyminge in Kent. Here the findings from Lyminge are compared with other possible great hall complexes from Kent. This is a rich and evocative study and Thomas argues these hall complexes may have operated as genealogical strategies, underpinning aspirant elite power. Their hybrid form and architecture embraced distinctive classical elements, fusing traditional and external influences, most notably in the extraordinary presence in these great timber structures at Lyminge and at Dover of opus signinum flooring. Moving on in time, a reassessment by Julian Richards and Dave Haldenby of the scale and impact of Viking settlement in Northumbria, harnesses the growing body of metal-detected finds from southern Northumbria, first gathered and assessed by the Viking and Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy project. The authors posit a period of major settlement disruption and a dislocation in landholdings in the late 9th century, suggestive of the flight and abandonment by indigenous Northumbrian communities. A shorter contribution exploring a find of horse skeletons at the castle complex of Cēsis Castle in Latvia follows: Aleks Pluskowski and co-authors argue these were the remains of prestigious riding animals, perhaps medieval war horses, while dating places the remains within the Teutonic Order’s period of rule.
Readers can also enjoy news on archaeological finds in 2017 from the Portable Antiquities Scheme including mention of complete sword and scabbard of 11th/12th century date from Bury St Edmunds, a gold iconographic ring of medieval date from St Martin’s in Shropshire and a costrel-shaped ampulla linked to the Canterbury pilgrimage found on the Thames foreshore. A more extended research report is offered on the rare, but growing number of Urnes-style buckles recovered as metal-detected finds. Evidence for Saxon salt making at King’s Lynn, excavations at the Augustinian Friary at Cambridge and evidence for medieval monastic sheep farming at Coquetdale in Northumberland all feature as Fieldwork Highlights from 2017, and an especially substantial Reviews section follows, providing details of many new publications on medieval archaeology from across Britain and Europe. I hope readers and members enjoy this last issue for 2018.
Sarah Semple Honorary Editor Medieval Archaeology
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