Archaeology in British Towns: From the Emperor Claudius to the Black Death

Archaeology in British Towns: From the Emperor Claudius to the Black Death


By (author) Patrick Ottaway

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 22mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 8 October 1992
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415000688
  • ISBN 13: 9780415000680
  • Illustrations note: 46 photographs and 50 line illustrations

Product description

Over the last twenty-five years archaeology has revolutionised our knowledge of the early history of British towns. Based on his day-to-day involvement in urban archaeology, Patrick Ottaway reviews the important discoveries and research themes of this period, and considers how long-term urban research projects have revealed new information about towns and the lives of their inhabitants. The work of the urban archaeologist is examined in close detail, and attention is given to the critical problems of preserving our urban past, especially when the interests of archaeology and property development clash.

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"The illustrations (nearly 100 figures and photographs) are excellent for variety, clarity, and relevance to the story. Ottaways's clear and pleasant style is enlivened now and then by a touch of humor...Undergraduate, one hopes, will relish this pungent touch and read on, while more advanced studnets of ancient and medieval history will find much to savor in this excellent book." -"American Journal of Archaeology "All in all, Archaeology in British Towns is an excellent introduction to the subject of Romano-British and medieval urban archaeology. It serves the archaeologist, the historian and the non-specialist equally well." -"The Ontario Archaeological Society

Table of contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and dates; 1. Archaeology in towns 2. Urban archaeologists at work 3. Early Roman towns 4. Late Roman towns 5. Anglo-Saxon towns 6. Medieval Towns 7. Postscript - presenting the past to the public; Notes; Bibliography; Index