The archaeology of slighting: a methodological framework for interpreting castle destruction in the Middle Ages

@article{Nevell2019TheAO,
  title={The archaeology of slighting: a methodological framework for interpreting castle destruction in the Middle Ages},
  author={Richard Nevell},
  journal={Archaeological Journal},
  year={2019},
  volume={177},
  pages={99 - 139}
}
  • Richard Nevell
  • Published 2 January 2020
  • Sociology, History
  • Archaeological Journal
ABSTRACT The use of destruction in the past, its purpose and function, is poorly understood and an under-studied area. With hundreds of excavations at castles, there is a body of archaeological evidence that can be synthesised into a study of destruction. Slighting is the damage of a high-status structure, its associated landscape and contents to degrade its value. This article aims to bring the study of destruction into the established discourse of castles and medieval archaeology. It does… 
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