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Medieval Settlement & Communities - MST00015M

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  • Department: Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

This course seeks to develop an understanding of the inhabitation of medieval England; the places and spaces in which medieval communities lived, worked, played and worshipped. We will be interested not only in the creation, development, and occasional desertion of settlements, but also in the relationships between people and their environment. How did particular landscapes influence the forms of settlements, such as farmsteads, villages and towns? What impact did they have on the ways in which people could earn their living? What kinds of communities resulted? What was the role of religion and belief, at both an institutional and personal level? How can archaeologists study these subjects, using historical sources, survey and excavation, spatial analysis, and the study of buildings, artefacts, and environmental data?


  • to develop an understanding of the wide range of settlements, habitations and environments apparent in the archaeological data for the late medieval period.
  • to tackle some of the main interpretative debates within the subject area, which encompass a diversity of theoretical perspectives.
  • to highlight the relationships between buildings, landscape, and material culture, and critically assess the implications of these sources of evidence.

Module learning outcomes

Subject Content

  • Study a broad range of issues that relate to the study and interpretation of a variety of medieval settlement forms.
  • Examine how far particular types of buildings, settlements and economy related to differences in landscape type, social structure and organisation.
  • Consider the importance of spatial organisation at all levels, from within the buildings to the settlements and their fields.
  • Addressed questions about the impact of medieval social organization, institutions, and regional differences on settlements and the people who lived in them, through a variety of archaeological and documentary sources.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Development of transferable skills in small group work and oral presentations


Task Length % of module mark
Coursework - Medieval Settleme
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Coursework - Medieval Settleme
N/A 100

Module feedback

written & verbal feedback, given in Week 7/8 for formative assessment; written feedback for summative assessment, 6 weeks following hand ­in, and within two weeks of submission for re ­assessed work.

Indicative reading

  • Astill, G. and Grant, A. (eds.) (1988) The Countryside of Medieval England
  • Aston, M., Austin, D. and Dyer, C. (eds.) (1989) The Rural Settlements of Medieval England
  • Jones, R., and Page, M. (2006) Medieval Villages in an English Landscape: beginnings and ends
  • Lewis, C., Mitchell-Fox, P., and Dyer, C. (2001) Village, Hamlet and Field: changing medieval settlements in rural England
  • Roberts, B.K. and Wrathmell, S. (2002) Region and Place: a study of English rural settlement
  • Williamson, T. (2004) Shaping Medieval Landscapes: settlement, society, environment

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