Early Medieval Settlement at Mothecombe, Devon: The Interaction of Local, Regional and Long-Distance Dynamics

Andrew Agate, Maria Duggan, Steve Roskams, Sam Turner, Ewan Campbell, Allan Hall, Tim Kinnaird, Yvonne Luke, Frances McIntosh, Cath Neal, Rob Young

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Abstract

Excavations at Meadowsfoot Beach, Mothecombe, south Devon, between 2004 and 2011 focused on two main areas. In the first, evidence for occupation in a sand dune included successive hearths and imported early medieval finds. In the second, three phases of early medieval structures were uncovered, along with more imported finds including amphora sherds. At least one of the structures was very large, and is presently unique in Devon. The landscape context of the site is considered along with the impact of sea-level change and coastal erosion. The paper concludes with a discussion of the site and its relationship to post-Roman networks of trade and communications with late Antique Atlantic Europe and the Mediterranean. We argue that Mothecombe helps us towards a better understanding of these networks by furnishing new insights on their social foundations in western Britain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-394
Number of pages52
JournalArchaeological journal
Volume169
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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