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7. HIGH MEDIEVAL (1066-1485): RESEARCH AGENDA #

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7.1 Urbanism
  1. How did the major towns and smaller market towns of the region develop after the Norman Conquest, both within the urban core and in suburban and extra-mural areas?
  2. Can we define more closely the industrial and trading activities associated with towns and the nature and extent of urban influence upon the countryside?
  3. How may we enhance our understanding of the chronology, functions and morphology of caves, and in particular the outstanding subterranean resource of medieval Nottingham?
  4. Can we shed further light upon the commercial role of fairs, markets, ports and other trading centres (notably Boston)?
7.2 Rural settlement
  1. How can we elucidate further the development of nucleated villages, and in particular the contribution of the Danelaw to changes in village morphology?
  2. How can we shed further light upon the origin and development of dispersed hamlets and farms in champion and pastoral areas?
  3. How can we improve our understanding of the form, evolution and functions of buildings within rural settlements and establish the extent of surviving medieval fabrics?
  4. Can we clarify further the processes of settlement desertion and shrinkage, especially within zones of dispersed settlement?

7.3 Manors and manorial estates

  1. How can the classification of moated and non-moated manorial sites be improved?
  2. How did the medieval manor and manorial estates develop from the Anglo-Saxon period, and what was the impact of the Danelaw?
  3. Can we improve our knowledge and classification of moated sites in the region, and how can environmental data add to our knowledge?
  4. What standing buildings are present on moated sites and what functions may associated features found during survey have performed?
  5. How did manor buildings develop over time, how may architectural styles have varied, and what can we learn about traditional constructional skills and designs?

7.4 Castles, military sites and country houses

  1. How can studies of the region's buildings contribute to an understanding of castle origins, and can we identify local typologies of castles and country houses?
  2. What was the date and function of currently undated minor motte and bailey castles?
  3. How many castle sites have been lost within the region?
  4. Was there continuity of location between castles and country houses, and are earlier structures concealed in later buildings?
  5. What local resources were used for building and maintenance and what was the environmental context and economic impact of these buildings?
  6. How should battlefield sites be further investigated?

7.5 Religion

  1. Can we identify additional pre-Conquest church, minster and monastic sites and elucidate the development of later monastic settlement (particularly the regionally important Gilbertine and Templar orders)?
  2. Can we discern significant differences in the planning, economy and landscape impact of the different monastic orders (e.g. Witham Valley)?
  3. Can we elucidate further the development of hospitals and colleges?
  4. Can we shed further light upon the distribution and development of early churches or chapels and the origins and growth of the parish system?
  5. How can we refine our understanding of local and regional architectural styles, including sculptured stonework, decorations and monuments?
  6. What may we deduce from scientific analyses of cemetery populations about changes in diet, mortality and other demographic variables, both within the region and between social groups?

7.6 Industry and trade

  1. How and where was post-Conquest pottery manufactured and distributed, and what communication systems were employed?
  2. By what means were the extractive mineral industries controlled or organised by royal, monastic or lay lords?
  3. Can we identify, investigate and date sites associated with the region's key extractive industries (especially iron, coal, lead and alabaster), the production and distribution of cloth and leather-work, and freshwater or marine fishing?
  4. Can we develop a typological classification of buildings associated with medieval industrial and commercial activities and can we identify sub-regional and chronological patterning?

7.7 The agrarian landscape and food-producing economy

  1. Can we shed further light upon the origins and development of the open-field system and its impact upon agricultural practices?
  2. Can we establish the character and extent of the field systems of non-champion landscapes (e.g. upland Derbyshire)?
  3. What can we deduce about changes in woodland management and animal or crop husbandry (including new crops, crop rotation, field systems, more intensive cultivation of clay soils and larger animals, particularly sheep)?
  4. What can environmental remains teach us about diet and living conditions in urban, rural and coastal communities?
  5. What may fish bones and other environmental data contribute to studies of the exploitation and distribution of freshwater and marine fish?
  6. How best may we enhance study of the origins and development of early land reclamation and drainage, particularly in Lincolnshire?

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