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    London Gateway: Iron Age and Roman Salt Making in the Thames Estuary, Excavation at Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve, Essex (Oxford Archaeology Monograph) (Hardback) Edited by Edward Biddulph, Edited by Elizabeth Stafford, Edited by Stuart Foreman, Edited by Dan Stansbie, Edited by Rebecca A. Nicholson

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    DescriptionExcavation by Oxford Archaeology in 2009 during construction of the Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve, funded and supported by the developer, DP World London Gateway, uncovered remarkable evidence for Iron Age and Roman-period salt making and associated activities. Structures included a probable boathouse, unique in Roman Britain. The excavations shed new and important light on evolving methods of salt production, which reflect wider changes in economy and society in the Thames Estuary between c. 400 BC and AD 400. Salt had a particular economic importance in the ancient world as a food preservative - changing scale and methods of production provide an essential background for understanding processes such as urbanisation, civilian trade and military supply. Salt also had a wide range of dietary, social and symbolic functions, from flavouring food to forming an ingredient in medicines and religious rituals. In the words of the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder, writing in the first century AD, 'civilised life cannot proceed without salt'. This monograph presents the internationally important findings of three years of fieldwork and post-excavation analysis. The large scale of investigation and extensive scientific analysis of the remains has transformed our understanding of the important Iron Age and Roman salt making industry in Essex. A companion volume on the marine investigations conducted by Wessex Archaeology is presented in: London Gateway: Maritime Archaeology in the Thames Estuary.

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    London Gateway
    Iron Age and Roman Salt Making in the Thames Estuary, Excavation at Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve, Essex
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Edward Biddulph, Edited by Elizabeth Stafford, Edited by Stuart Foreman, Edited by Dan Stansbie, Edited by Rebecca A. Nicholson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 209
    Width: 208 mm
    Height: 300 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 1,157 g
    ISBN 13: 9780904220711
    ISBN 10: 0904220710

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 14
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC classification: DG
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    DC23: 936.22
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    178 (mostly col.)
    Oxford Archaeology
    Imprint name
    Oxford Archaeology
    Publication date
    31 December 2012
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