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The Settlements of Northwest Wales

From the Late Bronze Age to the Early Medieval Period

The Settlements of Northwest Wales documents the long-term processes of social change and settlement practices in late prehistoric and early medieval Wales. It examines the settlement archaeology of northwest Wales, which encompasses the counties of Gwynedd, Anglesey, and west Conwy, and covers a period of two millennia, from 1150 BC to 1050 AD. The shifting dynamics underlying society reveal new information about the exploration of settlement and hillfort architectures, the distribution patterns of site-types, and the histories of particular places. Later chapters compare the findings with the evidence from other regions in Britain and Ireland to investigate the roles of settlement architectures in defining groups and articulating identities in general. A detailed and illustrated guide summarizing the fieldwork results is also provided.

338 pages | 26 color plates, 114 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2013

Medieval Studies

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“An invaluable and comprehensive account of the intersection between settlement architecture and social identity in north Wales from the late Bronze Age to the early Middle Ages.”

Joanna Brück, University College Dublin

“Elegantly written and illustrated, Kate Waddington’s detailed and scholarly account of the settlements and enclosures of northwest Wales fills a considerable gap in the literature—highly recommended.”

Ian Brown, University of Oxford

Table of Contents

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1              The settlements in context

2              Settlement forms and classifications

3              A spatial analysis of the settlements

4              Settlement biographies

5              Conclusion

6              The settlement gazetteer




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