Solving Problems in Landscape Archaeology: Midland Villages & Mick Aston's Ideas

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Solving Problems in Landscape Archaeology: Midland Villages & Mick Aston's Ideas


Solving problems in landscape archaeology:  some midland villages in the light of Mick Aston’s ideas


In this lecture Chris Dyer outlines some of the key themes and ideas that emerge from Mick Aston’s work on landscape archaeology.  Mick Aston provided an entertaining and popular introduction to archaeology, but he was also a fertile source of ideas about the landscape. For example he explored the relationship between the medieval countryside and its antecedents, and he thought about ‘status’ in the landscape and the influence of those in authority. He saw the landscape as working for the benefit of its inhabitants, and as a dynamic and evolving system.  In the practical way that Mick Aston advocated, the lecture will apply these general ideas to a group of  places in south Warwickshire which Dyer has been investigating. He received help and encouragement from Mick Aston, who he first met in 1967, and with whom he collaborated on a number of projects, notably the editing of a landmark book on medieval settlement.  Mick Aston began his research career with studies of west midland earthworks, so it is appropriate to focus on Warwickshire in a lecture inspired by his example. 

Programme details


Solving Problems in Landscape Archaeology: Some Midland Villages in the light of Mick Aston’s ideas





4.45pm            Registration

5.00pm           Coffee/tea is provided in the Common Room before the lecture

5.30pm            Lecture starts

6.30pm            Lecture ends / Bar open in the Common Room after the lecture




Summer school 10% discount: £0.00
Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £15.00


Professor Christopher Dyer


Chris Dyer is emeritus professor of History at the University of Leicester. Like Mick Aston he was a product of the University of Birmingham  when it was fertile training ground for historical geography, medieval archaeology, and economic and social history. He has also been influenced by the study of regional differences and local communities practised at Leicester’s Centre for English Local History. The lecture will show how all of these disciplines and strands of thinking can be combined to investigate the medieval countryside, an approach that is demonstrated in Chris Dyer’s many books and articles.

Dr David Griffiths

Director of Studies

Director of Studies in Archaeology, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education