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The front matter section of this book Technology in transition A.D. 300-650 contains table of contents, acknowledgements and introduction. The introduction section discusses the dynamics responsible for technological change in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. It explores the technological ?stagnation' and recession, as will examples of the exceptional survival of Roman technology in the Early Medieval period, as well as the adoption of simpler technological solutions during this time. The introduction section investigates the cultural mechanisms through which craft techniques were transmitted or lost during the transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages. It considers specific scenarios, many of direct relevance to the period, which could have contributed to technical change.

Keywords: Early Middle Ages; Late Antiquity; Roman technology



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