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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Publication details for Dr David Petts

Petts, D. (2017). Places and spaces: some reflections on reconstructing the spatial organisation of Northumbrian monasteries. In Early medieval monasticism in the North Sea Zone: proceedings of a conference held to celebrate the conclusion of the Lyminge excavations 2008-15. Thomas, Gabor & Knox, Alexandra Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology. 20: 43-54.

Author(s) from Durham


Anglo-Saxon monastic sites were complex places combining religious and economic functions. They
were locations where many different communities, secular and ecclesiastical, high and low status,
confronted and engaged with each other. They were also caught in a web of local and long-distance
religious, political and economic relationships. This paper explores some of the practical and
methodological issues involved in identifying the spatial organisation of these sites, both at an interand
intra-site scale. The practical limitations in reconstructing internal organisation and
chronological development will be considered.