Hines, Nielsen & Siegmund 1999

John Hines / Karen Høilund Nielsen / Frank Siegmund (eds.), The Pace of Change: Studies in Early-Medieval Chronology. Cardiff Studies in Archaeology (Oxbow Books: Oxford 1999). - ISBN 1-900188-78-3.

Chronology is the factual basis for contextualising archaeology. This collection of papers aims to integrate local chronogical schemes with more comprehensive and general "master" chronologies. The studies focus on Germanic or Germanised populations during and after the Roman Empire's fall in the West: the rich Germanic archaeological sites provide a yardstick for other areas. The authors also play close attention to terminology with definitions of major periods, sub-periods and artefact-types and to the relationship between typology and computerised quantitive and statistical techniques. The papers, all in English, cover North-West Europe, Denmark and Britain. Each is accompanied by a German summary.



John Hines: Introduction. p. vii-x.

Elke Nieveler & Frank Siegmund: The merovingian chronology of the Lower Rhine area: results and problems. p. 3-22.

Claudia Theune: On the chronology of Merovingian-period grave goods in Alamannia. p. 23-33.

John Hines: Section I: The Continent, Synopsis of discussion. p. 34.

Birte Brugmann: The role of Continental artefact-types in sixth-century Kentish chronology. p. 37-64.

John Hines: The sixth-century transition in Anglian England: an analysis of female graves from Cambridgeshire. p. 65-79.

Christopher Scull & Alex Bayliss: Dating burials of the seventh and eighth centuries: a case study from Ipswich, Suffolk. p. 80-88.

John Hines & Karen Høilund Nielsen: Section II: Anglo-Saxon England, Synopsis of the discussion. p. 89.

Siv Kristoffersen: Migration Period chronology in Norway. p. 93-114.

Bente Magnus: The assemblage from Hade in Gästrikland and its relevance for the chronology of the late Migration Period in eastern Sweden. p. 115-125.

Morten Axboe: The chronology of the Scandinavian gold bracteates. p. 126-147.

Anne Nørgård Jørgensen: A peaceful discussion of a martial topic: the chronology of Scandinavin weapon graves. p. 148-159.

Karen Høilund Nielsen: Female grave goods of southern and eastern Scandinavia from the Late Germanic Iron Age or Vendel Period. p. 160-194.

John Hines: Section III: Scandinavia, Synopsis of the discussion. p. 195.


Reviews: Martin Welch, Medieval Archaeology 45, 2001, p. 380-381. - Tania M. Dickinson, Early Medieval Europe 11(1), 2002, p. 71-87; DOI: 10.1111/1468-0254.00101 - Medioevo Latino 24, 2003, p. 1298.


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