Wearmouth and Jarrow Monastic Sites, Volume 2
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        15 Jun 2006
        13324199
        13324199

        Main Summary

          The Venerable Bede and the twin monastery of Wearmouth and Jarrow, Northumbria – an inseparable name and place. Founded by Benedict Biscop in the late 7th century the house achieved an international reputation from the fame of its most renowned inmate, Bede – theologian and historian. Destroyed in the mid-9th century, the house was refounded in the 11th and survives to this day as a seat of religious scholarship. Yet there was almost no archaeological knowledge of the site until the excavations undertaken by Professor Rosemary Cramp over three decades between 1959 and 1988. This book is the definitive report on the excavations. The evidence proved, as said in early texts, that the founder did indeed build in stone ‘in the Roman manner’, and the data give important insights into the evolution of monastic plans in the Christian West at a time when little was built in stone except churches, pre-dating the Carolingian Revival. The evidence reveals the economic basis and international contacts maintained by the monastery, including exotic pottery and the greatest quantity of 7th – 8th-century coloured window glass from any site of comparable date in Europe. From 11th-century and later monasteries, the earliest Norman religious houses in the region, the data elucidate the changing local and regional economies, and the cemeteries provide long-term demographic evidence from the Early Christian period to the 19th century. Using the archaeological evidence alongside exhaustive research of the historical records and archives, Professor Cramp and her colleagues here provide the most authoritative study of these two long-lived religious establishments.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Rosemary Cramp

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          295mm

          Number of Illustrations

          459

          Number of Pages

          692

          ISBN

          9781873592946

          Contents

            PartVI
            The Material Remains
            The built environment
            Structural materials
            Window glass
            Sculptured stone
            The Anglo-Saxon sculpture
            The medieval carved stone
            Portable objects: the personal and domestic domain
            The numismatic evidence
            Personal possessions and domestic items
            Vessel glass
            Pottery
            Stone objects
            Industrial/craft processes: the evidence from the Jarrow workshops
            People and environment
            The human skeletal remains
            Faunal remains
            Appendices
            Appendices

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