Medieval buckles from rural contexts

Suggested period: MEDIEVAL

A recent PhD on excavated urban buckle assemblages (Cassels 2013) has emphasised how different these are from our rural, metal-detected finds. A useful extension of Cassels's study would analyse the buckles from medieval rural settlement excavations and compare these to PAS data. At the very least, this would establish date-ranges and allow the three groups to be compared. At present, even the most complex and peculiar medieval buckles on the PAS database can rarely be dated to within a couple of centuries, and this is hampering our understanding of the entire period. Undergraduate dissertations could pick a single county for analysis; a PhD could look at the whole country. A related task would be to systematically research the pictorial representations of buckles on the (usually very well dated) medieval effigies and brasses.

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Created by: Helen Geake
Created: 2 years ago

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