Structures and Social Order in a Medieval Italian Monastery and Village: Architecture and Experience in Villamagna
Buildings in Society: International Studies in the Historic Era
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Goodson, C. (2018). Structures and Social Order in a Medieval Italian Monastery and Village: Architecture and Experience in Villamagna. [Book chapter]. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.26270
The recent excavations at Villamagna (FR), Italy, have revealed the monumental remains of a monastery and abbey church of the tenth to thirteenth centuries, and the contemporary village where the monastery’s estate workers lived. These were all situated within the ruins of a substantial imperial Roman villa known as Villa Magna, an ancient name preserved through the middle ages. These different structures of medieval Villamagna provide a pertinent case study to explore how the differing topography, construction technique and quality, and uses of buildings in a given community over time might have been experienced by the people who lived there and used them. Italian medieval archaeology, as a discipline and community of scholars, brings a Marxian approach to interpreting sites like these, and the assumptions brought to bear in Italian contexts might be usefully juxtaposed with the approaches of other subsets of our disciplines.
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.26270