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The Anglo-Saxon Charter Bounds Project

The Anglo-Saxon Charter Bounds Project

These days we hear a lot about crowdsourcing - the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community.

The study of Anglo-Saxon charter boundaries is an excellent candidate for crowdsourcing. The study can be broken down into a large number of minimal tasks, which can be handled by numbers of individuals. Moreover, many of the necessary resources, such as details of the charters themselves, historic maps and place-name definitions are freely available on the Internet. Google satellite maps enable high definition arial views of boundary areas, and in some cases parts of the boundary are available in Google Street View, enabling a virtual walk through of the area.

It should be emphasised that the purpose of this website is not to produce a complete listing of Anglo-Saxon charters with Old English bounds, such a site – called LangScape - already exists. It is rather to provide a platform to help people examine charter bounds that interest them.

Become a Member of the Project

If you have an interest in the Anglo-Saxon landscape and wish to help, please join the project.

There are two reasons for this:

1) It helps to avoid duplicating work, and makes it easier for people to work together on aspects of the project

2) There are a number of useful resources, such as maps and texts that cannot be placed on an open website because of copyright. Having a password protected site is the best way to deal with this problem.

The results of this work will be coordinated and puiblished on the Project Data Website.

Please use this form to join the project.


Here are a few ways in which you could help:

At home, or in a library

Comparison of old maps with the modern OS maps; checking field names from Tithe maps and other sources; using Google satellite view and OS maps to examine potential boundary points before a visit. (See more)

Fieldwork

Examining potential boundary points on the ground; Photographing parts of the boundary; checking for other sites of archaeological interest in the area. (See more)

The Charters With Bounds section of this website includes brief details of charters together with their bounds in both Old and Modern English. Available information about the boundary points are available from the side menu. This section is continually being revised and expanded.

 

 

 


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