Monarch: Archaeology, Architecture, and History of an Augustinian Monastery

Monarch: Archaeology, Architecture, and History of an Augustinian Monastery

The MONastic ARCHaeology Project at the Abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes, Soissons was conceived as a multi-disciplinary project that takes monasticism rather than the monastery as its object of study. This approach treats the monastic complex at Saint-Jean as an integrated, corporate whole rather than as a cluster of related buildings; as the physical expression of spiritual, social and economic motives rather than simply as a construction site. MonArch considers not only the form of the abbey's buildings and the style of their decoration, but also the functions of those structures; the men, and sometimes the women, who used them; and the quality of life carried on within and around them. MonArch studies not only the site of the abbey itself, but also the farms, mills, priories and parishes, as well as other holdings that constituted its domain and provided its revenue base. Moreover, MonArch considers these phenomena not as constants but as changing elements within the history of the abbey's existence.

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Future Possibilities

Build out the Abbey's domain, with maps linking monastery property and influence to texts such as the Chapter Book's Obituary.

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Sheila Bond: Author
Clark Maines: Author
Luis Henao: Graphical Designer
Wolasi Konu: Graphical Designer
Jason Lalor: Graphical Designer
Anne Loyer: Graphical Designer
Colin Theys: Graphical Designer
Clifford Wulfman: Programmer
Elli Mylonas: Project Manager
Mike Roy: Project Manager

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At a Glance

Clark Maines
Sheila Bond

Social Sciences\Economics


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