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EDITORIAL After Medieval archaeology, Post-Medieval archaeology. When the Medieval Society was formed some 12 years ago, it all seemed very strange. It took some time to accustom ourselves to the idea that in a period as apparently well-documented as the Middle Ages, there could yet be something left for the archaeologist to discover. Yet Medieval Archaeology has flourished exceedingly. Not only have new excavation techniques been evolved — to the great benefit of other periods — but much new light has been thrown on living conditions in the Middle Ages.
But archaeologists began to find that they were excavating sites beyond the Medieval period. What is more, they discovered to their horror that they could date Roman pottery of 2,000 years ago considerably more accurately than the pottery of a mere 200 years ago. Thus the Post Medieval Ceramic Research Group came into being. Their research prospered, and deepened : they felt they just had to publish. They resolved therefore to form a new Society, the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology to cover the period from 1500, when the Medievalists had decided that their period ended, and 1750, when the Industrial Revolution is already forming its own archaeology. It was an exciting period of transition ; the New World was being discovered and settled, and the settlers took pottery with them. The Society acknowledges this by having close links with America.
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