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The Landscape of Governance is a long term project recording the early medieval assembly sites of the UK.

Assembly sites were outside meeting places that were important for all levels of early medieval (Anglo-Saxon; 5th-11th centuries) society. They were used for local, regional and even royal governance. 

Royal meetings, known as the 'Witenagemot', formed the precursor to parliament we know today, but rarely met. Meeting places were use more often by 'Shire courts' and 'Hundred courts', that met to discuss local political matters and to maintain law and order. Hundreds (called "Wapentake" in Danelaw) were a division of a shire.

The meeting places themselves were at features in the landscape such as ancient trees, crossroads, fords, bridges, standing stones and burial mounds. The hundreds tended to take their names from the meeting place, but in some cases the name of pre-Christian gods are found within the name, hinting at a much earlier origin.

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