Assembly Mounds in the Danelaw: Place-name and Archaeological Evidence in the Historic Landscape
Skinner, A.T.; Semple, S.
The mound as a focus for early medieval assembly is found widely throughout Northern Europe in the first millennium AD. Some have argued such features are evidence of early practices situated around places of ancestral importance, others that an elite need for legitimate power drove such adoptions. Elsewhere evidence for purpose-built mounds suggests they were intrinsic to the staging of events at an assembly and could be manufactured if needed. This paper builds on the results presented in the Ph.D. thesis of the first author. Here we take up the issue of meeting mounds, focusing on their role as sites of assembly in the Danelaw. This region of northern and eastern England was first documented in the early 11th century as an area subject to conquest and colonization from Scandinavia in the 9th century and beyond. The county of Yorkshire forms a case study within which we explore the use of the mound for assembly purposes, the types of monuments selected, the origins of these monuments and the activity at them, and finally the possible Scandinavian influences on assembly practices in the region.
Skinner, A., & Semple, S. (2015). Assembly Mounds in the Danelaw: Place-name and Archaeological Evidence in the Historic Landscape. Journal of the North Atlantic, 8(sp8), 115-133. https://doi.org/10.3721/037.002.sp809
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jan 1, 2015|
|Online Publication Date||Apr 1, 2015|
|Publication Date||Apr 1, 2015|
|Deposit Date||Feb 22, 2017|
|Publicly Available Date||Feb 22, 2017|
|Journal||Journal of the North Atlantic|
|Publisher||Eagle Hill Institute|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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