Irby, Wirral: Excavations on a Late Prehistoric, Romano-British and Medieval Site, 1987-96

Irby, Wirral: Excavations on a Late Prehistoric, Romano-British and Medieval Site, 1987-96


Edited by Robert A. Philpott, Edited by Mark H. Adams, By (author) National Museums Liverpool, Contributions by Alex Bayliss, Contributions by Simon Bean, Contributions by H.E.M. Cool, Contributions by Ronald W. Cowell, Contributions by David Dungworth, Contributions by Julie Edwards, Contributions by Jennifer Foster


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  • Publisher: National Museums Liverpool
  • Format: Paperback | 270 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 296mm x 16mm | 1,120g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Liverpool
  • ISBN 10: 1902700414
  • ISBN 13: 9781902700410
  • Illustrations note: 23 colour illustrations, 1 black & white illustrations, 104 black & white line drawings

Product description

A chance find of Roman pottery in a garden at Irby, Wirral in the 1940s led in 1987 to the discovery of an important and long-lived settlement site by archaeologists from National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside (now National Musuems Liverpool). Excavating from 1987 to 1996 in a series of suburban gardens, they found evidence for a long sequence of occupation from the mesolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romano-British, early medieval and later medieval periods. This book presents the evidence of the structures, artefacts and plant remains from this long-lived settlement. Key discoveries include regionally important buildings from the middle Bronze Age and from the Viking period, as well as extensive Roman and late medieval occupation, which contributes significantly to our understanding of settlement and economy in Wirral and the wider region during these periods.

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Author information

Robert Philpott is head of archaeology at National Museums Liverpool. Mark H. Adams is a senior project officer in the Field Archaeology Unit at National Museums Liverpool.