The Black Death and English metalwork

Suggested period: MEDIEVAL

Recent work by Carenza Lewis and Paul Blinkhorn has been able to show the effects of the Black Death on pottery concentrations in England, thanks to the excellent chronology of 14th-century English pottery. It is possible that English metalwork may show the same effect; the PAS database has some material that we can date to the 13th century, then a massive amount of material that can be dated to the 14th century, then much less that is datable to the 15th century. If we had better resolution within 14th-century metalwork, could we see the Black Death in metalwork as well as pottery? This would be an excellent opportunity to integrate numismatic data with non-numismatic objects.

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Created by: Helen Geake
Created: About one year ago

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