Cemeteries and Society in Merovingian Gaul: Selected Studies by Guy Halsall

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Comparison of the cemeteries of Lavoye and Dieue-sur-Meuse made this clearest. On a wider scale, even if the general outlines of my social analyses have been confirmed by studies of better data elsewhere, there are interesting regional differences in detail. In this sense I believe that, as I had hoped it would when it was published,31 my study of the region of Metz has made a valid contribution to unravelling the Merovingian world’s diversity and dynamism. It will quickly become apparent from the commentaries in this volume that this is a somewhat grumpy, or at least exasperated, volume.

American Museum Journal 17 (1917), pp. 100–1; J. ’ Science 129 (1959), pp. 303–7. R. Binford, An Archaeological Perspective (New York, 1972). Within this volume, his essays ‘Archaeology as anthropology’ (originally American Anthropology 28 (1962), pp. 217–25), ‘Smudge-pits and hide smoking: the use of analogy in archaeological reasoning’ (originally American Antiquity 32 (1967), pp. 1–12) and ‘Some comments on historical versus processual archaeology’ archaeology and historiography 27 general aspects of human behaviour, and strive to be a science.

An Introduction (3rd edition; London, 1995); P. Bahn & C. Renfrew, Archaeology. Theory. Methods and Practice (London, 1991); P. Bahn, Bluff Your Way in Archaeology (Horsham, 1989) is extremely entertaining and contains a surprising amount of serious information. 22 chapter one evidence, there is a disturbing lack of dialogue between archaeologists and historians. To give one current example, within the University of London a regular Wednesday-evening ‘earlier medieval’ seminar meets at the Institute of Historical Research, whilst on Thursday evenings, a few [806] hundred yards away at the Institute of Archaeology, the ‘Postgraduate seminar in medieval archaeology’ convenes.

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