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Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: The Bioarchaeology of an Agricultural Revolution

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Project "FeedSax" data sheet

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Organization address
city: OXFORD
postcode: OX1 2JD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙933˙165 €
 EC max contribution 1˙933˙165 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2021-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER UK (LEICESTER) participant 160˙866.00


 Project objective

By the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, England’s population was again comparable to that of Roman Britain and included substantial urban centres. By 1200, England was more densely populated than ever before. Such population growth was mirrored across much of Europe. It drove the expansion of towns and markets and was fed, literally, by an increase in agricultural productivity that involved a fundamental reorganization of the countryside. The social, economic and demographic consequences of this reorganization were so far-reaching that it has often been described as an ‘agricultural revolution’. At the heart of this proposal is the question, how and when was this revolution achieved? FeedSax will effect a breakthrough in understanding this critically important period in Europe’s agricultural history by generating new, direct evidence for changing land-use from the excavated remains of crops, animals and farms. The timing and nature of the ‘cerealisation’ of England have been debated for over a century, with arguments focusing on the origins of open fields. These arrays of strip fields were communally cultivated, requiring collective decision-making and sharing of resources. Peasant households therefore had to live close together, giving rise to the nucleated villages that remain such a striking feature of the landscape. Fields thus created communities, reconfiguring both landscapes and social geography. The spread of open fields laid the foundations for the modern countryside and is widely regarded as one of the transformative changes of the Middle Ages, yet theories about when and how this unprecedented type of agriculture emerged and spread are based on limited, indirect written and archaeological evidence. FeedSax breaks new ground by integrating scientific methods such as stable isotope and pollen analysis, radiocarbon dating, archaeobotany and archaeozoology with structural remains to resolve this hitherto intractable problem.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Helena Hamerow, Amy Bogaard, Mike Charles, Christopher Ramsey, Richard Thomas, Emily Forster, Matilda Holmes, Mark McKerracher, Samantha Neil, Elizabeth Stroud
Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: the bioarchaeology of an agricultural revolution
published pages: not relevant: th, ISSN: 0003-598X, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.27
Antiquity 93/368 2019-10-29
2018 Mark McKerracher
Introducing FeedSax: Bioarchaeological explorations of an early medieval agricultural revolution
published pages: 4-5, ISSN: , DOI:
Rural History Today issue 34 2019-10-08
2017 H. Hamerow
Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: The Bioarchaeology of an Agricultural Revolution
published pages: 85-6, ISSN: 2046-5211, DOI: 10.5284/1017430
Medieval Settlement Research 32 2019-07-19
2017 H. Hamerow and M. McKerracher
\'Feeding Anglo-Saxon England. The Bioarchaeology of an Agricultural Revolution\'
published pages: 2, ISSN: , DOI:
Association of Environmental Archaeology Newsletter 137 2019-07-19

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