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Published Jul 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


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Ecclesiastical; Landscape Archaeology; Medieval Europe; Church; Christianity; Middle Ages

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Ecclesiastical Landscapes in Medieval Europe: An Archaeological Perspective

Edited by José Carlos Sánchez-Pardo, Emmet Marron, Maria Crîngaci Țiplic

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By presenting case studies from across Eastern and Western Medieval Europe, this volume aims to open up a Europe-wide debate on the variety of relations and contexts between ecclesiastical buildings and their surrounding landscapes between the 5th and 15th centuries AD.



Introduction: Towards an Archaeological Study of Medieval Ecclesiastical Landscapes in Europe – José Carlos Sánchez-Pardo, Emmet H. Marron and Maria Crîngaci Țiplic ;

1. Lesser Churches, Kin-groups and Communities in the Early Middle Ages: Archaeological Evidence from Corcu Duibne, Ireland – Tomás Ó Carragáin ;
2. By Land and Sea: Medieval Places and Ways of Faith in the Isle of Man – Andrew Johnson ;
3. The Late Antique Ecclesiastical Settlement of Los Hitos and the Rural Landscapes of the Visigoth Capital (Toledo, Spain) – Isabel Sánchez Ramos and Jorge Morín de Pablos ;
4. Landscapes of Christianisation. The Emergence and Evolution of Church Power in the Tuscan Countryside During Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages – Gabriele Castiglia, Stefano Bertoldi and Cristina Menghini ;
5. Christianization and Transformation of Religious Landscape in (West) Bohemia – Martin Čechura ;
6. The Rise of the Parish System in Transylvania as Reflected by the Archaeological Discoveries – Maria Crîngaci Țiplic ;
7. Architectural Interferences in Medieval Transylvania (13th–15th Centuries): the Archaeology of Orthodox Churches in a Catholic Landscape – Daniela Marcu Istrate ;
8. The Archaeology of Romanesque Churches in Transylvania (11th–13th Centuries) – Ioan Marian Țiplic and Maria Crîngaci Țiplic ;

9. Monastic Landscapes in the Isle of Man: Ad 1100 to 1540 – Peter Davey ;
10. On the Edge: Excavations at Whitefriars, Perth, 2014-2017 – Derek Hall ;
11. Cistercian Rievaulx Abbey and the ‘Transformation’ of King Henry II’s Wasteland – Freya Horsfield ;
12. Evolution, Innovation and Symbolism in Medieval Monastic Gardens – James Bond ;
13. Ecclesiastical Landscapes in early Medieval Galicia: Physical and Symbolic Transformations – José Carlos Sánchez-Pardo and Marco V. García Quintela ;
14. Stone Building in the Alps: Müstair Monastery in its Landscape Context – Sophie Hüglin and Patrick Cassitti ;
15. Rural Monasteries and Wilderness in Carolingian Northern Italy: Forest, Water and Ecclesiastical Landscapes – Marco Panato ;
16. Similarities and Differences of a Benedictine and a Cistercian Abbey as Reflected in the Landscape. Beginnings for a Comparative Approach – Ünige Bencze

About the Author

José Carlos Sánchez-Pardo is Senior Researcher in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) ;

Emmet Marron is a Visiting Fellow at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University ;

Maria Crîngaci Țiplic is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Romanian Academy in Sibiu.


'This volume includes many interesting and thought-provoking papers that help to expand our understanding of the monastic landscape within Europe.'

The editors have obviously taken great care in compiling a cohesive and comprehensive collection of papers that work towards providing a new academic narrative in the area - an achievement that is to be commended as, unfortunately, that is not always the case with conference volumes. 

This volume offers a valuable, wide-ranging set of papers offering many new insights into the construction, form and landscape context and exploitation of churches and monasteries across diverse parts of early to later medieval Europe.