Central Meets marginal? The meaning of rural and urban in early medieval Europe

Barbora Wouters, Patrycja Kupiec

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The dichotomy between the urban and the rural has in the past often been considered a given fact and a prerequisite for the study of early medieval Europe. The emergence of towns or town-like settlements was studied against the backdrop of these views. However, can we still maintain this discourse in present research? How different were the urban and rural, did their differences vary regionally, and can we really make this distinction for the early medieval period? What were the implications for the inhabitants of a particular place? This session aims to explore the character and dynamics between what was considered urban, rural and marginal in all parts of early medieval Europe, looking at interplay between communities, trade, power, connections and movement. We particularly welcome participants presenting data from the eastern, southern and northern parts of Europe; novel perspectives on sites from the west; and new data gained through the application of scientific methods, theoretical studies or the analysis of artefacts. We believe that an interdisciplinary re-visitation of this theme has a great potential to further our understanding of the dynamics of the early medieval period and hope to receive a wide range of papers from all of Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstracts of the Oral and Poster Presentations of the 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, 10-14 September 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
EditorsÖzgür Yilmaz
PublisherArchaeology & Art Publications
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)978-605-396-287-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • urban and rural settlements
  • networks
  • early medieval Europe

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