The Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe: A Contribution to Digital Scholarship

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Digital Humanities Initiative Talk Series

Speaker: Professor Daniel Lord Smail, Department of History, Harvard University

Date: 28 November 2022 (Mon)
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Online via Zoom
Medium of Instruction: English

About the event:
European archives preserve thousands of household or estate inventories from the period 1250-1500 CE. These records are similar in nature to records known in China as fendan or yizhu, which were generated by the process of household division (fenjia). Estate inventories provide valuable insights into European material culture in an era before the rise of the modern global economy.

The DALME project ( seeks to collect, transcribe, publish, and analyze a sample of inventories from later medieval Europe. This talk will present the collection and describe the methodologies and techniques of digital scholarship that Prof. Smail’s team currently developing and implementing.

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Research Institute for the Humanities, CUHK in collaboration with Digital Scholarship Team, CUHK Library


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