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10 October lecture by Professor Grenville Astill
Wednesday 10th October 2018

5 p.m. 'Precinct and property: the archaeology of a later medieval monastery: Bordesley Abbey in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries'

After a brief review of the approaches to the archaeology of monastic sites and their settings, the long-running Bordesley Abbey Project is briefly introduced. The survey concentrates on the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, a time when there was dramatic change in the precinct which affected the liturgical, social and economic character of the claustral complex. These changes were also reflected in the disposition and character of the major properties, the granges. The transformation of these agricultural units not only have implications for the character of later medieval monasteries but also for the way we view the general nature of sixteenth-century land use and settlement.

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