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The archaeology of the period A.D. 500-1000 has taken off in the Mediterranean (where prehistoric and classical studies formerly enjoyed a virtual monopoly in most areas) and in the Islamic world. Here, as in northern Europe, field survey, careful excavation and improved methods of dating are beginning to supply information which now is not only more abundant but also of mThe archaeology of the period A.D. 500-1000 has taken off in the Mediterranean (where prehistoric and classical studies formerly enjoyed a virtual monopoly in most areas) and in the Islamic world. Here, as in northern Europe, field survey, careful excavation and improved methods of dating are beginning to supply information which now is not only more abundant but also of much higher quality than ever before. The 'New Archaeology', pioneered in the United States in the 1960s, has taught the archaeologist the value of anthropological models in the study of the past. The new data and models positively compel us to take a new look at the written sources and reconsider the 'making of the Middle Ages'.Mohammed, Charlemagne, and the Origins of Europe attempts to prove the point. Henri Pirenne's classic history of Europe between the fifth and ninth centuries, Mohammed and Charlemagne, although published on the eve of the Second World War, remains an important work. Many parts of its bold framework have been attacked, but seldom decisively, for until now the evidence has been insufficient. In their concise book, Richard Hodges and David Whitehouse review the 'Pirenne thesis' in the light of archaeological information from northern Europe, the Mediterranean and western Asia.In doing so, they have two objectives: to tackle the major issue of the origins of the Carolingian Empire and to indicate the almost staggering potential of the archaeological data. This book, then, is an attempt to rekindle interest in an important set of questions and to draw attention to new sets of data and to persuade readers to look across traditional boundaries between classical and medieval, east and west, history and archaeology."...

Title : Mohammed, Charlemagne, and the Origins of Europe: The Pirenne Thesis in the Light of Archaeology
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ISBN : 9780801492624
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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  • David
    2018-09-25 22:15

    An interesting analysis of oneof the seminal works on the early middle ages. This certainly makes me want to find a copy of Mohamed et Charlemagne in English. My biggest issue was I wasn't sure if the main idea was to provide a truly useful book of history based upon archaeological evidence or to convince the reader that, yes, archaeology actually does have some use to historians.

  • Justin
    2018-09-28 16:31

    An economic analysis of Europe from the fall of the Western Roman Empire until the rise of Charlemagne, written by two Archaeologists. Interesting book, but fifty pages of pottery analysis is a tad excessive IMHO. ;)

  • John
    2018-09-27 18:27

    An excellent (and influential) essay using archaeology to determine the nature of the impact of the Islamic world on the formation of Charlemagne's Europe.