The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600 - Jan Klápště

The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600 - Jan Klápště

Series Editor Foreword

The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600 - Jan Klápště

Neil Christie [+-]
University of Leicester
Neil Christie is Professor in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Leicester. He has published a variety of sole authored and edited or co-edited volumes which have explored late antique and early medieval towns, landscape and peoples; a particular geographic focus is Italy, but he has worked also in Spain and Hungary. For work on these shores, very recent is his co-edited (with Paul Stamper) publication Medieval Rural Settlement in Britain and Ireland. The monograph related to his major AHRC-funded fieldwork project centred on the burgh and medieval town of Wallingford in south Oxfordshire is forthcoming. Neil is MB&I Editor and Reviews Editor for the journal Medieval Archaeology. He is also Honorary Secretary to the Medieval Settlement Research Group.


This book offers the first comprehensive picture of medieval archaeology of the Czech Lands available in English. As it assembles the main topics of current archaeological research, it establishes the key issues of its methodology. The topics cover the rural and urban milieu, secular power supports (castles, manors etc.), and monastic houses and parish churches. Special attention is given to technology, craft, industry (including mining archaeology and glass production), housing culture and daily life across the social strata. One of the fascinating features is the artefactual presentation of two competing religions; Catholicism and Hussitism. Czech medieval archaeology reveals new details of Jewish everyday life, and the story of the Anabaptists and their Central European crafts heritage. The achievements of contemporary Czech medieval archaeology are well documented while the text ventures on an archaeological journey through the medieval Czech Kingdom: from Prague up to its forgotten rural environment. The primary intention is to piece together the past and illustrate the position of the Czech Lands between the gradual process of medieval transformation (13th century) and early modern transition (16th century). The nine thematic chapters of this work contain an array of boxed texts by specialized researchers, highlighting the themes of particular importance. The entire book is illustrated by figures which have been until now practically unknown in the European context.

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Christie, Neil. Series Editor Foreword. The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. xv Jun 2016. ISBN 9781845536336. Date accessed: 27 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25983. Jun 2016

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