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England : An Archaeological Guide to Sites from Earliest Times to AD 1600

By (author) Timothy Darvill , By (author) Jane Timby , By (author) Paul Stamper

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Travelling around England is in many senses a journey back in time. On all sides, and sometimes even under the road or footpath itself, there are fragments of the ancient past side by side with the clutter of the modern world. Medieval villages, castles, ancient churches, and Roman villas are commonplace and take us back to the time of Christ. Far older, yet equally abundant, are the barrows, hillforts, stone circles, camps, standing stones, trackways, and other relics of prehistoric times that have survived for several thousand years. This Guide is all about these ancient remains: the prehistoric, Roman, and medieval sites which date from the time between the first appearance of people in what we now call England during the last Ice Age and the end of medieval times around 1600 AD.

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  • Paperback | 524 pages
  • 141.7 x 214.4 x 32mm | 648.65g
  • 11 Jul 2002
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford
  • English
  • numerous maps, plans, line drawings and halftones
  • 0192841017
  • 9780192841018
  • 866,858

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Paul Stamper is an Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage, working in the west midlands. Formerly he was involved with the compilation of the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in England. Before 1993 he was an editor with the Victoria County History of Shropshire. He has published widely on landscape history, and has served as Secretary of the Society for Medieval Archaeology.

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Written by three archaeologists, specialists in prehistoric, Roman and mediaeval sites respectively, this comprehensive volume is essential for any reader wishing to explore history and English archaeology. It is beautifully set out, comprising maps, photographs, drawings, numbered diagrams and descriptions of barrows, henges, hill forts, settlements, churches and historical sites. Each entry has a National Grid reference and the clear, concise description provides a basis for a detailed examination and would enable the reader to identify its main features on a visit to the site. The introduction traces the development of the sites through the Ice Age to small settled communities, the arrival and influence of the Romans and the effects of Norse and Scandinavian raiders. Changes in climate, population increase in the 13th century followed by devastating decline due to the Black Death in the 14th century and the influence of the Church all left their mark on civilization and the archaeological sites. The sites are arranged by region from the north to the south of England and each chapter also includes a short digest on related topics such as rock art, long barrows, prehistoric houses and Roman Baths. Sites in southern areas were even more influenced by their proximity to Rome and thus developed differently from northern sites and those on the Welsh Borders. However, the introduction stresses that pre-Roman Britain was also rich in art and culture and evidence of this can be found at many sites. The book contains suggestions for further reading, addresses and useful Internet sites, an index of archaeological sites, a chronology, a glossary of terms and a list of museums. This is an invaluable reference book which will be used again and again. (Kirkus UK)

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