Normanising the North: The Evidence of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian Sculpture
Author: O'Sullivan, Deirdre
Source: Medieval Archaeology, Volume 55, 2011 , pp. 163-191(29)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This Study Probes the destruction of material culture to illuminate the introduction of Norman political authority into northern England. A brief overview of Norman destruction of churches provides the background to a review of the potential relationship of Anglo-Saxon monuments with memory and identity, in the context of recent discussions of monument reuse. Durham and York, the Anglo-Saxon monastic sites at Wearmouth/Jarrow, Lindisfarne and Jedburgh, and a selection of local churchyards provide case studies. It argues that some monuments seem to have been deliberately targeted, but a wider range of factors, all ultimately derived from changing political circumstances, can be identified that explain why sculpture was removed and reused. The paper serves as a platform for further debate about the significance of monuments in the Middle Ages, and as a contribution to the broader discourse within archaeology about their social meanings.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: School of Archaeology and History, University of Leicester LE1 7RH, England, UK;, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2011