The Central Town Square in Medieval Towns in the (Southern) Low Countries: Urban Life, Form, and Identity between Social Practice and Iconographic Identity

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Abstract

The central town squares of the medieval
towns in the Low Countries are considered
to be the theatres of late medieval
urban identity
and are not rarely associated with the origin of the
towns, or at least their glory as merchant towns in
the past. In reality, these emblematic places have
often complex biographies,
in which selected memories
were attributed to them in different historical
contexts. In this paper, we will explore how these
changing townscapes interacted with the social
agents at their medieval
origins. We will use both
archaeological
data as well as historical writings in
order to reconstruct their biographies
and show
how their development was not path-dependent
but followed deliberate strategies
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-84
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Urban Archaeology
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • urban biographies
  • feudal towns
  • dark earths
  • urban archaeology
  • trade
  • merchants
  • heritage
  • interdisciplinary

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