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H 276 x W 203 mm

218 pages

53 figures, 33 tables (4 plates in colour)

Published Apr 2019

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789691924

Digital: 9781789691931

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Anglo-Saxon; Farming; archaeobotany; agricultural change; Mid Saxon; charred plant remains

Anglo-Saxon Crops and Weeds: A Case Study in Quantitative Archaeobotany

By Mark McKerracher, Mark McKerracher

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Farming practices underwent momentous transformations in the Mid Saxon period, between the 7th and 9th centuries AD. This study applies a standardised set of repeatable quantitative analyses to the charred remains of Anglo-Saxon crops and weeds, to shed light on crucial developments in crop husbandry between the 7th and 9th centuries.



Chapter 1: Seeds of Change; Chapter 2: Describing the Data; Chapter 3: Surveying the Species; Chapter 4: Defining the Deposits; Chapter 5: Counting the Crops; Chapter 6: The Witness of Weeds; Chapter 7: More than the Sum of their Parts; Appendix 1: Key Parameters; Appendix 2: Key Metadata; Appendix 3: Gazetteer of Sites; Appendix 4: Inventory of Samples; Appendix 5: Inventory of Plant Taxa; Bibliography

About the Author

MARK MCKERRACHER is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, where he completed his DPhil – studying Mid Saxon agriculture – in 2014. After working in museum archiving, software development and freelance archaeobotany, he is currently researching medieval farming practices as part of the ERC-funded Feeding Anglo-Saxon England project (FeedSax). His interests include archaeobotany, database development, agricultural production and Anglo-Saxon archaeology, and he writes a popular blog – The Corn Lore – which explores the science, culture, economy, history and archaeology of cereals (