Swift, E. (2012). Object biography, re-use and recycling in the late to post-Roman transition period and beyond. Britannia 43. Vol 43, pp. 167-215. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0068113X12000281.

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Object biography, re-use and recycling in the late to post-Roman transition period and beyond
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rings made from Romano-British bracelets
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Britannia 43
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Britannia
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43
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467
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167 - 215
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Examines the later stages of object biography in relation to Romano-British bracelets, namely, their modification and subsequent re-use as smaller rings. Re-use is shown to occur widely and is particularly associated with the late fourth to early fifth centuries a.d., with cut-down bracelets also found in early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries. The making of smaller rings from late Roman bracelets is suggested to be part of a wider phenomenon of re-use, repair and recycling at the end of the Roman period in Britain, with attendant implications of cultural and economic change. It is proposed that the transformation of these artefacts was accompanied by changes in meaning which undermine the apparent continuity that is seen in the extended lifespan of the original object. This in turn is argued to illuminate the way that wider cultural norms were gradually eroded in the fifth century.
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Ellen Swift ORCID icon
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2012
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Fifth Century (Auto Detected Temporal)
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Roman (Auto Detected Temporal)
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0068113X12000281
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30 Mar 2013