Session: #252

Theme & Session Format

1. Networks, networking, communication: archaeology of interactions
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Building Networks! The Exchange of Knowledge, Ideas and Material for Building in the Medieval and Post-Medieval World
The development of buildings in medieval and post-medieval Europe cannot be seen as an isolated process within the boundaries of a town, region or even country. During these centuries there was always an exchange of aesthetic ideas, technological know-how, and building materials. It is known that architects and craftsmen travelled throughout Europe to build, for example, churches and castles. Some of the technological knowledge was closed for outsiders, heavily guarded by the master and his pupils. The building material could also be imported from afar, like tuff brick and wood. Also, the introduction of new concepts was distributed along certain existing networks. For example, the Crusades had an impact on the buildings of medieval Europe on several levels.
In this session we would like to explore these networks. What were the extents of these networks? How far did these networks reach? Can we identify the main players? How does the exchange and distribution of ideas, knowledge, and materials relate to other developments within the medieval and post-medieval world, like the growing urbanisation and globalisation, and the rise and fall of trade-networks like the Hanse and climate-change? How were new concepts adopted and possibly adapted?
We welcome contributions from Europe and outside of Europe to discuss and better understand the patterns behind these exchanges. At the end of the session we hope to have a first glimpse of the exchange of ideas, knowledge and materials and also more sight on the indicators for this exchange.
buildings, building archaeology, knowledge exchange, trade networks
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Main organiser:
Jeroen Bouwmeester (Netherlands) 1
Laura Patrick (United Kingdom) 2
Duncan Berryman (United Kingdom) 2
Martin Huggon (United Kingdom) 3
1. Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands
2. Queen’s University Belfast
3. Bishop Grosseteste University