Medieval Britain and Ireland

Society for Medieval Archaeology, 2008 (updated 2011)

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Introduction

The on-line version of Medieval Britain and Ireland is a new venture for the Medieval Archaeology journal, featuring a searchable digital database for these annually submitted excavation summaries. Generously supported by grants from English Heritage, Historic Scotland and Ireland's Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, this new resource has been developed in tandem with the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology. The majority of Scottish entries are extracted from the annual journal Discovery and Excavation in Scotland, courtesy of Archaeology Scotland. The database for post-medieval summaries is available here.

Cathedral Close, Exeter: Figure 4 of Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2006

The new database, commencing with reports from the 2007 fieldwork season, will link individual sites, through their OASIS identifiers, to the relevant records in the Library of Unpublished Fieldwork Reports, providing access to a wide range of data and grey literature. The aim is to eventually enter also the backlog of previously published round-ups. In the meantime, summaries from previous years are accessible as pdf files.

The digital database enables the user to conduct a range of searches, by region, year or keyword. Together with the access to a range of unpublished reports, through the grey literature library, this will make Medieval Britain and Ireland a truly excellent period-based resource.

The annual excavation summaries, reported in the Journal for Medieval Archaeology since 1957, provide an important resource for both researchers in the field and the general public. With the reports from 2006 onwards, there are now two different formats for the review. With the full set of annual summaries accessible in the new digital database, the printed Journal will include only a smaller selection of reports. This 'Fieldwork highlights' section will provide extended overviews and offer scope for fuller illustrative documentation, with the aim to cover new evidence from a broad range of discoveries from urban, rural, religious, Anglo-Saxon, Viking-period and later medieval sites. To see Guidelines for contributors, both for extended and regular reports, please visit the Society for Medieval Archaeology website.