The Mediaeval Fence


A simple experiment was carried out to build a short length of fence based upon the evidence of rock cut stake/post holes from a number of sites in Catalonia and from the abundant illustrations of mediaeval fences especially in the Books of Hours. The primary objective was to make an assessment of the quantity of materials necessary for such a fence, and the implications of those materials for specific husbandry practices, along with an evaluation of the tools required by such an operation. A secondary objective was to record the time taken to amass the materials, manufacture the rock cut stake holes and to build the fence itself. The experiment was carried out as part of the overall research programme into mediaeval agriculture at the site of L'Esquerda, Roda de Ter under the aegis of the Department of Mediaeval History of Barcelona University.

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The Mediaeval Fence. Peter J Reynolds, Imma Ollich i Castanyer, María Ocaña i Subirana, Montserrat de Rocafiguera i Espona. In Experimentació Arqueologia sobre Conreus Medievals a L'Esquerda (1991-1994). Pp. 174-179. Barcelona. 1998 ( tDAR id: 415990) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8C2509R

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Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

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ExArc Id(s): 2244


Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.

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Rights & Attribution: Christine Shaw contributed a copy of this document to the collection. EXARC thanks her for her dedication to preserving the Butser Ancient Farm Archive.

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