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The wider history of watercress farming has been largely overlooked by historians and archaeologists alike, despite the fact that it has left extensive traces in the landscape of Britain, and has a long and complex history that can be traced back to the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Watercress brings this neglected subject to life by describing the history and archaeology of watercress farming in England, and explains how this humble herb has played a prominent part in our economic and cultural life through the ages. Presenting the changes that watercress cultivation brought to the landscape and waterways of the English countryside, this book is a must-read for local historians and archaeologists and all those interested in the history of agriculture and food.
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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • Shire Publications
  • United States
  • English
  • 40 MONO; 40 COL
  • 0747808260
  • 9780747808268

About Barrie Hawkins

Barrie M Hawkins was educated at the Shrubbery School Cambridge and studied landscape history and field archaeology at Cambridge University, and the University of East Anglia, where he gained an honors degree and was awarded an MA. In the 1990s he served as a committee member with the Haverhill and District Archaeological Group during which time he contributed to the field survey published on the Roman settlement site at West Wickham in Cambridgeshire. Through his recent research at the UEA he was credited with the discovery of the Roman occupation site on the Salle Park estate in Norfolk. He is continuing with his research into the history and archaeology of watercress farming for his PhD. He lives in Cambridgeshire and is married with four daughters.
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