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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages$
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Jayne Carroll, Andrew Reynolds, and Barbara Yorke

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266588

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.001.0001

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Archaeology and Geographies of Jurisdiction: Evidence from South-East Suffolk in the 7th Century

Archaeology and Geographies of Jurisdiction: Evidence from South-East Suffolk in the 7th Century

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(p.392) 18 Archaeology and Geographies of Jurisdiction: Evidence from South-East Suffolk in the 7th Century
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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages
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Christopher Scull

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.003.0018

Conventional models of state formation and the ways in which early polities might be expressed in the archaeological record for England in the 7th century have emphasised the importance of long-distance exchange in promoting socio-economic complexity. Such models, however, are open to challenge or refinement from interpretations that would emphasise other social dynamics, and beg serious questions about the relationships between agrarian production, elite acquisition and consumption and structures of power and jurisdiction. This chapter presents a critical evaluation of some current assumptions and approaches, and examines the interpretative questions in the light of recent evidence from south-east Suffolk, often seen as the heartland of the early kingdom of the East Angles.

Keywords:   state formation, socio-economic complexity, social dynamics, power, jurisdiction, agrarian production, elite acquisition and consumption, south-east Suffolk, kingdom of the East Angles

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