Welcome to public SPASE
This page contains useful links to research resources useful to the study of village origins, as well as on-going and completed research projects that have, or are continuing to explore this subject. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who is currently engaged in research of this kind. Use the contact SPASE page to send us a link to your site and we will add it to this list. Likewise, if you know of other useful webpages, please do let us know.
Project have been arranged by geographical region where applicable. Research with a national remit is provided in the first section. A completed project that ran out of the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester between 2000 and 2005. The results of this five-year project have been published in various places, including an interactive publication in Internet Archaeology. In each case we have identified how small local groups might get access to specialist equipment and expertise, because we are aware that not everyone has a resistivity meter, or the linguistic skills to unpick a place-name, or a profound knowledge of pottery (who does?).
One of the most important principles of public SPASE is that wherever people are exploring the origins of their villages they should use, when possible, the same basic methods of evidence collection. By so doing the results of each local project will be easily compared with others. Over time it is our hope that an enormous database will be created that will allow for a greater understanding of the processes by which rural settlements took form in the early middle ages. On these research pages you will find practical guides to a range of techniques that you might consider using. These will take you step-by-step through each process, from initial preparation to the presentation of results.