Medieval Commercial Sites: as seen through Portable Antiquities Scheme data

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Oksanen , E & Lewis , M 2020 , ' Medieval Commercial Sites: as seen through Portable Antiquities Scheme data ' , Antiquaries Journal , vol. 100 , no. September , pp. 109-140 . https://doi.org/10.1017/s0003581520000165

Title: Medieval Commercial Sites: as seen through Portable Antiquities Scheme data
Author: Oksanen, Eljas; Lewis, Michael
Contributor organization: Department of Cultures
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 32
Belongs to series: Antiquaries Journal
ISSN: 0003-5815
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/s0003581520000165
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/329293
Abstract: This paper explores some 220,000 medieval objects recorded in the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) online database of archaeological small finds through Geographic Information System analysis of their relationship with contemporary market sites. First, an overview of the contents of the PAS database is presented in terms of its spatial and ‘object type’ distribution. Second, the relationship of the medieval finds data against documentary evidence of commercial activity is investigated at a national level. Finally, PAS data is contextualised in its historical landscape context through case studies. It is argued that the distribution of PAS finds on the national scale can be linked with patterns of commercial activity, and that while rural and urban finds scatters have distinguishing trends, the countryside population enjoyed access to a range of sophisticated metalwork culture; also, that certain assemblages can be analysed statistically to yield new data and perspectives on local historical development.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
aoristic analysis
small finds
coins
assemblages
markets
metal-detecting
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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