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Title: English Medieval Bone Flutes c.450-c.1550 AD
Author: Leaf, Helen
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis focuses on the bone flutes of medieval Britain c.450 - c.1550 AD, and seeks to establish and assess their physical nature, archaeological context and cultural setting. In its broadest sense the project aims to provide the first detailed analysis of the flutes, expanding a previously limited array of data and addressing the social context of the flute in medieval society. The subject area is cross disciplinary and draws from many areas of study, including archaeology and organology (the study of musical instruments). Previous work in related disciplines is identified and discussed, allowing the reader to place the thesis firmly in context. The physical aspects of the flutes are assessed, with analyses of the data and presentation of information in an accessible form. A typology of flutes is established, based on species used and design of instrument. The archaeological context is also examined, with possible patterns emerging in relation· to species used, chronological distribution and geographical locations. Cultural and social aspects are noted in conjunction with these themes. The thesis is concluded with an appraisal of the information presented, and a setting forth of future directions for research. The 118 flutes from which the evidence is mainly derived are presented in the form of a gazetteer as Part 2 of the thesis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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