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Archaeologies of Rules and Regulation
Between Text and Practice
Edited by Barbara Hausmair, Ben Jervis, Ruth Nugent, and Eleanor Williams
356 pages, 56 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-765-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78533-766-6 eBook
“This wide-ranging collection of substantive case studies does demonstrate the central importance of rules in shaping human behavior, social hierarchies, and change, although I think few archaeologists would question this proposition. One of its main contributions is shining a spotlight on the explicit study of rules and regulations. This is an emphasis that derives from particular social theories, but the volume and its authors offer many new insights that will be of interest to all historical archaeologists.” • Historical Archaeology
“The impact of rules on the archaeological record has been the focus of many scholars. This volume provides a solid theorized overview of the theme, offering an extensive biography of previous works.” • Charlotte Newman, English Heritage
How can we study the impact of rules on the lives of past people using archaeological evidence? To answer this question, Archaeologies of Rules and Regulation presents case studies drawn from across Europe and the United States. Covering areas as diverse as the use of space in a nineteenth-century U.S. Army camp, the deposition of waste in medieval towns, the experiences of Swedish migrants to North America, the relationship between people and animals in Anglo-Saxon England, these case studies explore the use of archaeological evidence in understanding the relationship between rules, lived experience, and social identity.
Barbara Hausmair is a post-doctoral researcher at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, Germany where she previously held a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-Fellowship. She gained her Ph.D. from the University of Vienna, Austria and studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Reading, U.K. as a visiting Ph.D. student.
Ben Jervis is Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology at Cardiff University, U.K. having gained his Ph.D. from the University of Southampton in 2011. He has published widely on topics including medieval urbanism and the application of archaeological theory to the study of medieval objects.
Ruth Nugent gained her Ph.D. from the University of Chester, U.K. where she is currently a Visiting Lecturer. Her work has been published in ‘Medieval Archaeology’ and she has presented her work at major conferences, including the International Medieval Congress.
Eleanor Williams gained her Ph.D. from the University of Southampton, U.K. where she is currently a Visiting Fellow. She has published with CAHMER, presented on her research at a number of conferences in England and France, and with colleagues from the University of Southampton, organized a major conference on ‘Buildings and Bodies’ in 2014.
Subject: Archaeology General History Sociology
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Archaeologies of Rules and Regulation: An Introduction
Barbara Hausmair, Ben Jervis, Ruth Nugent and Eleanor Williams
PART I: NETWORKS
Introduction: Rules, Networks, and Different Kinds of Sources
Chapter 1. Rules, Identity and a Sense of Place in a Medieval Town. The Case of Southampton’s Oak Book
Chapter 2. Meat for the Market. The Butchers’ Guild Rules from 1267 and Urban Archaeology in Tulln, Lower Austria
Chapter 3. Rubbish and Regulations in the Middle Ages: A Comparison of Urban and Rural Disposal Practices
Chapter 4. How to Plant a Colony in the New World: Rules and Practices in New Sweden and the Seventeenth-Century Delaware Valley
PART II: SPACE AND POWER
Introduction: Rules and the Built Environment
Chapter 5. Embodied Regulations: Searching for Boundaries in the Viking Age
Marianne Hem Eriksen
Chapter 6. What Law Says That There Has to be a Castle? The Castle Landscape of Frodsham, Cheshire
Chapter 7. Shakespearian Space-Men: Spatial Rules in London’s Early Playhouses
Chapter 8. US Army Regulations and Spatial Tactics: The Archaeology of Indulgence Consumption at Fort Yamhill, Oregon, United States, 1856–1866
Justin E. Eichelberger
Chapter 9. Religion in the Asylum: Lunatic Asylum Chapels and Religious Provision in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
Chapter 10. Prison-Issue Artefacts, Documentary Insights and the Negotiated Realities of Political Imprisonment: The Case of Long Kesh/Maze, Northern Ireland
PART III: CORPOREALITY
Introduction: Maleficium and Mortuary Archaeology: Rules and Regulations in the Negotiation of Identities
Chapter 11. Gone to the Dogs? Negotiating the Human-Animal Boundary in Anglo-Saxon England
Chapter 12. Adherence to Islamic Tradition and the Formation of Iberian Islam in Early Medieval Al-Andalus
Chapter 13. Break a Rule but Save a Soul. Unbaptized Children and Medieval Burial Regulation
Chapter 14. Medieval Monastic Text and the Treatment of the Dead. An Archaeothanatological Perspective on Adherence to the Cluniac Customaries
Chapter 15. ‘With as Much Secresy and Delicacy as Possible’: Nineteenth-Century Burial Practices at the London Hospital
Louise Fowler and Natasha Powers
The Archaeology of Rules and Regulation: Closing Remarks
Duncan H. Brown
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