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date: 22 March 2019

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This overview provides an overview of some emerging key themes and topics in the archaeological study of later medieval towns and cities. The focus is on the contribution archaeology makes to providing an understanding of how urban landscapes were shaped on the ground, and what kinds of activities took place in medieval townscapes. The pattern of urban development across the twelfth to fifteenth centuries shows some similarities across Britain, even though differences within and between towns and cities are evident in their details. The archaeology of later medieval urbanism has revealed much that would otherwise not be known if written records alone were to be relied upon, showing clearly that the archaeologist is in a strong position to shed light on the nature of living in medieval towns.

Keywords: medieval urbanism, urban morphology, urban landscapes, plan-analysis, town planning, waterfronts, mapping and GIS, urbanization, markets, buildings

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