West Midlands Regional Research Framework for Archaeology, Seminar 5: Dalwood

Developing research agendas for smaller towns

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6. Developing research agendas for smaller towns. Smaller medieval towns were not as complex and varied as larger towns in terms of their social structure. Smaller towns were the centres of local areas and tended to be similar to each other. One fruitful archaeological approach to smaller market towns would be work within a comparative framework, seeing different towns as examples of the same settlement type. The goal could be to synthesise archaeological information from a number of different small towns across the region, in order to develop the understanding in a number of thematic research areas (for example food supply, or building types). Such approaches would focus on existing information and offers the potential to produce insights into apsects of towns that are relevant across the region.

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