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This paper introduces the theme of a special issue exploring the connections between castles (broadly defined as medieval fortified sites) and their landscapes, from archaeological and heritage perspectives. It includes a brief case study of how some of the castles in Occitanie, southern France,...
The Viking Age ring fortress Nonnebakken is located within and under the modern city of Odense in Denmark and is only visible to the informed or trained eye. The fortress has however been known for centuries from historical maps and excavations, and recent investigations in the form of...
Gien castle is a listed monument of French architectural heritage. Today it houses the National Museum of Hunting and its collection. Organised visits to the site have traditionally lacked any clear mention of the castle’s historical background. Recently, however, archaeological excavations and...
In the north of France, fortified towns and their castles have made a strong environmental impact since the eleventh century or earlier. This paper describes recent research that has begun to analyse the environmental impact of fortified towns during the medieval period, specifically between the...
This paper discusses ways to reconnect late medieval castles in Ireland with their wider cultural landscapes in the present day as well as in the past. It approaches landscapes in the widest possible terms, not only the physical landscapes in which a castle was built, but the social landscape of...
This paper promotes the application of geoarchaeology—joint studies using historical, archaeological and heritage approaches—to the conservation and management practice of castles and landscapes in the context of ‘castlescapes’. Using case studies from recent research on medieval castles in...
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