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In this volume of (enhanced and updated) essays John Moreland demonstrates the ways in which a theoretically informed archaeology significantly enhances our understanding of the early Middle Ages, and indeed of the past more generally. The essays address some of the key issues in contemporary archaeology (identity, the appropriation/destruction of the past, gift exchange, object biographies, the influence of our present on the construction of the past, the impact of texts on past societies), and are linked by a series of discussions which serve both to update the arguments and to create a continuous and coherent theoretical perspective on late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

(Duckworth, 2010)