Medieval Archaeology

**Volume 61/1 now out and available at Taylor and Francis Online**

The new cover for Medieval Archaeology

The Society publishes Medieval Archaeology, an internationally respected, peer-reviewed journal whose content is of international significance and interest. While we maintain a special concern for the medieval archaeology of Britain and Ireland, we also provide a forum for the discussion of important finds and developments within this period from anywhere in the world, serving as a medium for co-ordinating the work of archaeologists and that of historians and scholars in any other discipline relevant to this field. Our International Advisory Board advises and supports the Editor in the delivery of the journal’s objectives. Medieval Archaeology is published in two issues a year. Members also have free access to all back issues of Medieval Archaeology – Volume 1-60 and beyond. All online issues of the journal, including back issues to 2000 are now available from Taylor and Francis Online.

Medieval Archaeology, Vol 61/1

With wide-ranging content, our new issue 61/1, now out and available at Taylor and Francis Online, brings readers brand new results from across the Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia.

In ‘The Monumental Cemeteries of Northern Pictland’, Juliette Mitchell and Gordon Noble advance on current thinking in an article exploring the emergence of formal cemeteries in Scotland in the 1st millennium AD. Using a composite of aerial photographic evidence and excavation results, the authors argue for the emergence of new aristocratic strategies in Pictland, signalled by changes in burial architecture that imply a new investment in the creation of genealogies. Next, the human heads and faces that feature in migration-period art on a range of metal objects and dress-fittings are the focus of a copiously illustrated article by Alexandra Pesch. In ‘Facing Faces’ Pesch argues for a consistency in these images across southern Scandinavia, the coastal Continent and England, suggesting that a divine being or god may have been represented. ‘Placing the Pillar of Eliseg: Movement, Visibility and Memory in the Early Medieval Landscape’ by Patricia Murrieta-Flores and Howard Williams is the winner of this year’s Jope Award. The authors explore the locational aspects of the 9th-century Pillar of Eliseg in Wales. Using GIS to focus on movement and visibility, in a methodologically rich and innovative paper, new insights are provided into the meaning of the monument and its multiplicity of roles, as a potential mustering and meeting place, a site of inauguration and an ideological marker in a politically contested zone.

The 16th-century Dunguaire Castle, overlooking Kinvara Bay, probably replaced an earlier tower- house located immediately to its south. Photograph by C Breen.

Staying with methodological innovation, Paul Blinkhorn and co-authors, offer up an intriguing analysis of Saxo-Norman lamps from Berkley in Gloucestershire. In ‘Fiat Lux’, an assessment of lamps found in a workshop context, produced evidence of organic residues identified as ruminant tallow. Although relatively inexpensive, experimental research is used to show that this fuel would have burned with greater intensity and consistency and for longer than other alternative light sources, providing ideal lighting for manufacturing. Staying with late-Saxon England, Andrew Margett’s presents recent excavation results from ‘The Hayworth: A Lowland Vaccary Site in South-East England’. In a detailed paper, accompanied by Supplementary Material, Margett’s discusses the discovery of a relatively rare type-site excavated on the Weald. The Hayworth can be linked with Anglo-Saxon traditions of outpasture and transhumance, and developed from a seasonal pasture to a 12th-century manorial establishment. Finally Colin Breen and John Raven take us to coastal Ireland and the late-medieval world of septs and castles. In ‘Maritime Lordship in Late-Medieval Gaelic Ireland’, the authors explore the kin-controlled territories of the western Irish seaboard and their links to the north-western Atlantic and the Continent through fishing and trade. This issue of Medieval Archaeology is rounded off with a typically full ‘Reviews’ section, which offers up-to-date information on new publications from across Britain and Europe.

Sarah Semple
Honorary Editor, Medieval Archaeology

Contributions to the Journal

The Honorary Editor welcomes original submissions of international significance, or national significance and of international interest, which match the objectives of the Society. Prospective authors should, in the first instance, read our Guidance Notes for Authors.  They should then contact the Honorary Editor, Dr Sarah Semple (, who may then invite them to submit a Stage One form, a copy of which can be accessed on this page as a downloadable file. If invited to submit a full research paper or shorter contribution, authors should then submit their paper via our on-line Editorial Manager.

Please send books for Review direct to the Reviews and Medieval Britain and Ireland Editor. Our publisher’s website provides details. For details of how to submit fieldwork summaries and highlights for publication see the Medieval Britain and Ireland page.

The Society annually awards the Martyn Jope Award of £200 for the best novel interpretation, application of analytical method or presentation of new findings published in its journal.

Volumes 1 to 50 of our journal are now available free-of-charge online via ADS, while volumes 44 onwards are available online for our members at Taylor and Francis Online.

The Index to Volumes 51-55 of Medieval Archaeology is now available as a downloadable PDF.