EMASS 2018: Glasgow

Medieval Studies

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What is EMASS?

The Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium is an interactive forum run by and for graduate research students. The focus of our group is the archaeology of the Early Medieval period (roughly 4th-12th centuries AD). This period, often overlooked by traditional archaeological periodisation, is a fascinating and thriving area of research ripe with new insights.

The annual EMASS conference has become a major event at which new and interdisciplinary research is presented in a constructive and encouraging atmosphere. It is open to postgraduate research students and early career researchers. Calls for papers are usually in mid to late autumn for a conference the following spring.

Why does EMASS exist?

The Early Middle-Ages was a period of profound transformations, some of which are still visible today. It is also one of the most tantalising periods to study as an archaeologist: the fragmentary nature of material culture evidence and the relative paucity of the written record shed little light on the political, social and cultural mechanisms at play. Many fascinating questions remain open to investigation and debate, such as continuity with the Roman world, the nature of population movements, or the relationship between East and West.

The chronological and geographical boundaries of the Early Middle-Ages are also being increasingly challenged, as medieval archaeology has evolved from a Euro-centric focus on the West to consider larger areas of society both within and outside Europe. The development of new techniques has also opened up the field, including GIS, 3D modelling, residue analysis, Raman spectroscopy, and genome sequencing.

EMASS exists to provide a platform for research students and early career archaeologists focusing on the early medieval period to discuss and present their work at the professional level. It also serves to connect these students and early career researchers both to each other and to a wider network of early medieval archaeologists.

For other Early Medieval Societies please seeĀ here.