by Chris Lowe
An eighth-century Northumbrian monastery at Hoddom has long been postulated on the basis of the sculpture evidence. The excavations at Hoddom give us our first detailed look at how the peripheral areas of an Early Historic high-status settlement were organised and how the settlement, as a whole, was adapted to its local landscape. The excavated buildings, meanwhile, are considered in terms of the local vernacular building tradition, providing insights into how the buildings were used and their appearance.
Dr. Christopher Lowe is co-founder or Headland Archaeology Ltd. With over 25 years professional experience, principally in Scotland, he has worked and published on sites of all periods but specialises in the Early Historic archaeology of North Britain.
The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland gratefully acknowledges funding towards the publication of this volume from Historic Scotland.
Professor Rosemary Cramp – :
An important contribution to early medieval archaeology not just in Scotland but throughout the British Isles … sets a high standard for such work in the future.
Professor Martin Carver (Antiquity) – :
The report resulting from this work must be hailed as one of the best recent early medieval research reports emanating from commercial archaeology in Britain. It is clear, concise, attractively written and illustrated and published in a handsome hardback… This is the new northern British protohistory, told in barns, dryers, re-used Roman dedication slabs and the simple carved stones of early Christianity. The effect is curiously liberating.