Archaeology  /  British Archaeology
Towns and Topography Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9781782977025
Pub Date: 27 Oct 2014
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w and col. illustrations
Description:
Fifteen papers examine a variety of aspects of medieval towns and their topography. The first part of the volume comprises essays on the excavations in the Frankish emporium of Quentovic, directed by David Hill; London; Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian mints; the burhs of Somerset; and urban perspectives in literature. The second part concentrates on topographical subjects including an examination of the significance of the distribution through trade of Mayen Lava quernstones in early medieval north-west Europe and the evidence of a charter for the topography of late Anglo-Saxon Worcester which reveals that standing crosses were, by then, considered old fashioned.
Celtic Art in Europe Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781782976554
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2014
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w illustrations, 32pp colour illustrations
Description:
The ancient Celtic world evokes debate, discussion, romanticism and mythicism. On the one hand it represents a specialist area of archaeological interest, on the other, it has a wide general appeal. The Celtic world is accessible through archaeology, history, linguistics and art history.
Excavations at Cill Donnain Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781782976271
Pub Date: 09 Sep 2014
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Sheffield Environmental and Archaeological Research Campaign in the Hebrides
Illustrations: 190 images, 63 tables
Description:
The SEARCH (Sheffield Environmental and Archaeological Research Campaign in the Hebrides) project began in 1987 and covers the Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The aim of the project is to investigate how human societies adapted in the long-term to the isolated environment of the Outer Hebrides. The first major excavation on South Uist discovered that what was thought to be a shell midden at Cill Donnain was in fact a wheelhouse, a type of dwelling used in the period c.
Romano-British round houses to medieval parish Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 250
ISBN: 9781907586224
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2014
Series: MoLAS Monograph
Illustrations: Fully colour illustrated
Description:
Good preservation in the western part of 10 Gresham Street has led to an unusually complete picture of the archaeological sequence.The discovery here of the largest group of Romano-British round houses yet excavated in London, clustered round a rectangular building, is of considerable significance for the Iron Age–Roman transition. Moreover, the site’s main north–south road seems to have been key to determining the layout of this whole area while evidence pointing to sporadic fires in the 2nd century AD casts new light on the idea of a single, catastrophic event.
The Roman Roadside Settlement and Multi-Period Ritual Complex at Nettleton and Rothwell, Lincolnshire Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 441
ISBN: 9780956305497
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2014
Imprint: Pre-Construct Archaeology
Description:
The unremarkable arable landscape around Mount Pleasant today belies the importance of the area in the past; at the highest point of the Lincolnshire Wolds and at the head of three radial valleys, this was a highly significant locality in earlier times. The discovery of surface finds by archaeologists working ahead of a prospective gas pipeline in 1992-3 augmented a collection of finds metal-detected during the 1980s. The large number of Iron Age coins and contemporary miniatures indicative of votive material suggested the location of a shrine.
The Archaeology of Banbury Flood Alleviation Scheme, Oxfordshire Cover
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780904220742
Pub Date: 23 Apr 2014
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Description:
This volume presents the results of investigations undertaken by Oxford Archaeology between 2003 and 2011 in advance of construction of the Banbury Flood Alleviation Scheme, Oxfordshire. The main element of these investigations was an excavation at the site of a borrow pit for clay to be used in constructing the flood defences. Geophysical surveys of two other areas that revealed dense concentrations of buried archaeological remains not subsequently affected by the scheme are also reported.
Historic Wigtown Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781909990005
Pub Date: 01 Apr 2014
Series: Scottish Burgh Survey
Description:
Situated in what now seems a remote corner of south-west Scotland, Wigtown was once an important county town. With its harbour and location at the lowest fording point of the River Cree, Wigtown was at one time part of a major network of land and sea routes, including a pilgrim route to Whithorn. The layout of the town is notable for its large market square, a reflection of its importance in the cattle trade in the medieval period.
Life in the Limes Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781782972532
Pub Date: 31 Mar 2014
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w and colour illustrations
Description:
Lindsay Allason-Jones has been at the forefront of small finds and Roman frontier research for 40 years in a career focussed on, but not exclusive to, the north of Britain, encompassing an enormous range of object types and subject areas. Divided into thematic sections the contributions presented here to celebrate her many achievements all represent at least one aspect of Lindsay’s research interests. These encompass social and industrial aspects of northern frontier forts; new insights into inscribed and sculptural stones specific to military communities; religious, cultural and economic connotations of Roman armour finds; the economic and ideological penetration of romanitas in the frontiers as reflected by individual objects and classes of finds; evidence of trans-frontier interactions and invisible people; the role of John Clayton in the exploration and preservation of Hadrian’s Wall and its material culture; the detailed consideration of individual objects of significant interest; and a discussion of the widespread occurrence of mice in Roman art.
Medieval Haywharf to 20th-century brewery Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 150
ISBN: 9781907586231
Pub Date: 31 Mar 2014
Illustrations: Fully colour illustrated
Description:
Archaeological excavation by MOLA at Watermark Place in the City of London revealed evidence for the development of the city waterfront from the 13th century onwards. The remains of substantial and well-preserved timber river walls and timber/stone dock walls were recorded, and the use of tree-ring dating enabled the construction of one large timber river wall and dock to be dated to the year 1339. Many of the recorded structures related to the medieval wharf known as the Haywharf, probably originally so-named because it was where hay was imported into the city before c 1300.
Down to Weymouth town by Ridgeway Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 303
ISBN: 9780900341595
Pub Date: 24 Mar 2014
Description:
The Weymouth Relief Road crosses an area of intricately varied geology and one of the richest and most important cultural landscapes in England, which preserves a wealth of archaeological and historical remains. Extensive fieldwork in advance of construction of the Weymouth Relief Road yielded evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement and funerary activity, along with vestiges of Roman occupation.The main sites were located at Ridgeway Hill, located on the edge of South Dorset Ridgeway, at the northern end of the scheme and at Southdown Ridge close to the southern end.
Prehistoric to medieval landscape and settlement at Kemsley,
near Sittingbourne, Kent Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 100
ISBN: 9781907586217
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2014
Illustrations: Fully colour illustrated
Description:
This volume examines the evolution of a rural landscape in north Kent from the Late Mesolithic (c 7500 BC) to the 19th century, as revealed by analysis of the results of excavation on a site overlooking the marshes and tributaries of the River Medway, near Sittingbourne. Particular emphasis is placed on the prehistoric pottery assemblage and on understanding the site in terms of local and regional developments. Slight evidence for Late Mesolithic and Neolithic activity (residual finds only) was followed by the creation of a field system.
Gristhorpe Man. Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781782972075
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2013
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w and col. illustrations
Description:
In July 1834 excavation of a barrow at Gristhorpe, near Scarborough, Yorkshire, recovered an intact, waterlogged, hollowed-out oak coffin containing a perfectly preserved Bronze Age skeleton that had been wrapped in an animal skin and buried with worked flints, a bronze dagger with a whalebone pommel, and a bark vessel apparently containing food residue. Gristhorpe Man became the centrepiece of the Scarborough Philosophical Society’s museum display.In 2004, planned refurbishment of the renamed Rotunda Museum provided the opportunity for a scientific re-examination of the burial and grave goods in order to eluciate the life and death of this extraordinary survival of the British Early Bronze Age.
Romano-British Communities at Colne Fen, Earith Cover
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780957559202
Pub Date: 16 Dec 2013
Imprint: Cambridge Archaeological Unit
Description:
Charting a decade of intensive fieldwork along a 2km stretch of the Colne Fen, Earith fen-edge, the scope of these books is formidable and together they include the work of 65 contributing specialists (with a foreword by Ian Hodder). The fieldwork involved innovative methodologies, and groundbreaking scientific and micro-sampling studies are presented within the volumes. Portions of text are, moreover, avowedly experimental (e.
The Life and Death of Querns Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 183
ISBN: 9780992633615
Pub Date: 30 Nov 2013
Imprint: The Highfield Press
Description:
Querns are special artefacts as they are concerned with subsistence and supporting life in a manner which few other artefacts can emulate: they transform raw material into a usable consumable commodity. Their association with women, the production of food and the movement of the upper stone, suggests symbolical links between querns and life cycles - agricultural, human and building. They can also be read in terms of gender relations and the turning of the heavens.
Opening the Wood, Making the Land Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 600
ISBN: 9781905905317
Pub Date: 26 Nov 2013
Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph
Description:
Excavations at the Eton Rowing Course and along the Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation Channel revealed extensive evidence for occupation in an evolving landscape of floodplains and gravel terraces set amidst the shifting channels of the Thames.The most significant evidence was a series of early Neolithic midden deposits, preserved in hollows left by infilled palaeochannels. These deposits contained dense concentrations of pottery, worked flint, animal bone and other finds, and are put into context by other artefact scatters from the floodplain, pits on the gravel terrace and waterlogged environmental deposits from palaeochannels.
La Grava Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9781902771878
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2013
Description:
The site of La Grava (or Grove Priory) in Bedfordshire, excavated in advance of quarrying between 1973 and 1985, was one of the most extensive monastic/manorial projects of the 20th century in the UK. Excavated originally as a medieval religious house, identified as an alien priory of the Order of Fontevrault in Anjou, the site was to reveal settlement from the Romano-British period to the 16th century.Granted to the Order of Fontevrault in 1164, the priory became the home of the Procurator of the Order in England.