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Natural World
Water Meadows Cover
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781905119127
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2007
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: 149 b/w illus
Description:
This book brings to public attention some of the most evocative and threatened features of the landscape of southern England. Water meadows work with nature to improve agricultural productivity, whilst providing rich habitats for wildlife such as water voles, waders and grass snakes. They are areas of low-lying grassland which are regularly 'drowned' - artificially irrigated - at certain times of the year, to stimulate the early growth of grass in the spring.
William Morris's Kelmscott Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 221
ISBN: 9781905119141
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2007
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: col and b/w illus
Description:
Kelmscott Manor is forever linked with the name of William Morris, pioneer conservationist and utopian socialist, designer and father of the Arts and Crafts tradition. The manor played a crucial role in shaping his thought: at the climactic moment of his futuristic novel, News from Nowhere, Morris lifts the latch of the Manor's garden gate and finds his personal holy grail. Morris was drawn by the organic relationship between Kelmscott and its landscape: the linkage of stone walls and roof tiles to the geology and the soil, and the honest toil of the people to the agricultural cycle.
Prehistoric Metal Artefacts from Italy (3500-720 BC) in the British Museum Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 356
ISBN: 9780861591596
Pub Date: 16 Nov 2007
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 800 b/w illus
Description:
The current conception of the absolute chronology of the Italian Copper Age to the end of the Early Iron Age is set out in this new title from the British Museum. Some 850 objects have been arranged chronologically from the Copper Age, through the Bronze Age, to the Early Iron Age. Within these headings, the objects are organised typologically e.
Environmental Archaeology in Ireland Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 306
ISBN: 9781842172742
Pub Date: 10 Oct 2007
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: illus and tables
Description:
This edited volume of 16 papers provides an introduction to the techniques and methodologies, approaches and potential of environmental archaeology within Ireland. Each of the 16 invited contributions focuses on a particular aspect of environmental archaeology and include such specialist areas as radiocarbon dating, dendrochronology, palaeoentomology, human osteoarchaeology, palynology and geoarchaeology, thereby providing a comprehensive overview of environmental archaeology within an Irish context. The inclusion of pertinent case studies within each chapter will heighten awareness of the profusion of high standard environmental archaeological research that is currently being undertaken on Irish material.
Shell Middens in Atlantic Europe Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781842172438
Pub Date: 03 Aug 2007
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 150 illus, 21 tabs
Description:
The archaeological investigation of shell middens has a long and rich history. By the mid 1830s, the presence of artefacts found with large accumulations of shell along the Danish coast had successfully demonstrated that these sites were the result of human activity rather than natural processes. At about the same time in other parts of Europe, shell middens were also being discovered and written about - a process which continued throughout Europe as time went on.
St Peter's, Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire - A Parish Church and its Community Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781842172834
Pub Date: 29 May 2007
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
The excavations at St Peter's church, Barton-upon-Humber, between 1978 and 1984 have yielded the largest collection of human remains in the UK, dating from the late tenth century to the mid-nineteenth. The twin aims of the project were to understand the architectural history and setting of this complex, multi-period building (Volume 1), and to recover a substantial sample of the population for palaeopathological study (Volume 2). An extensive programme of historical and topographical research also took place in order to set the archaeological evidence firmly in context.
The Early Prehistory of Wadi Faynan, Southern Jordan Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 640
ISBN: 9781842172124
Pub Date: 22 Mar 2007
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Levant Supplementary Series
Illustrations: 374 b/w illus, 133 tables,
Description:
This edited volume provides a full report on the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A site of WF16, southern Jordan. Very few sites of PPNA date have been excavated using modern methods, so this report makes a very significant contribution to our understanding of this period. Excavations have shown that the site contains a highly dynamic use of architecture, and the faunal assemblage reveals new information on the processes that lead to the domestication of the goat.
Agrarianism and the Good Society Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780813124391
Pub Date: 02 Mar 2007
Series: Culture of the Land
Description:
Every society expresses its fundamental values and hopes in the ways it shapes and inhabits its landscapes. In this literate and wide-ranging exploration, Eric T. Freyfogle raises difficult questions about American culture while illuminating the intellectual origins of urban sprawl, dwindling wildlife habitats, over-engineered rivers, and degraded forests and grasslands.
The Soil and Health Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780813191713
Pub Date: 12 Jan 2007
Series: Culture of the Land
Illustrations: photos
Description:
With a New Introduction by Wendell Berry The Soil and Health was published in 1945, just before agricultural corporations surged to global proportions. Sir Albert Howard's work is a major inspiration to the growing organic and sustainable farming movement and a thought-provoking reminder of a road not taken in developing mainstream agriculture during the past half-century. The central tenet of Howard's philosophy is that healthy soil, vegetation, animals, and humans are connected and that undernourishment of soil is the source of modern agricultural and health problems.
Two Cemeteries from Bristol's Northern Suburbs Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780955353406
Pub Date: 12 Dec 2006
Illustrations: b/w illus
Description:
Two reports are published in this volume: excavations in 2004 at Henbury School, Bristol (by Derek Evans, Neil Holbrook and E.R. McSloy) and excavations in 2005 at Hewlett Packard, Filton, South Gloucestershire (by Kate Cullen, Neil Holbrook, Martin Watts, Anwen Caffell and Malin Holst).
Wars in the Woods Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780822959403
Pub Date: 20 Nov 2006
Description:
Wars in the Woods examines the conflicts that have developed over the preservation of forests in America, and how government agencies and advocacy groups have influenced the management of forests and their resources for more than a century. Samuel Hays provides an astute analysis of manipulations of conservation law that have touched off a battle between what he terms “ecological forestry” and “commodity forestry.” Hays also reveals the pervading influence of the wood products industry, and the training of U.
A Woodland Archaeology Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 262
ISBN: 9781902937311
Pub Date: 29 Aug 2006
Series: Haddenham Project
Illustrations: 190 illus, 103 tabs
Description:
Set in the context of this project's innovative landscape surveys, four extraordinary sites excavated at Haddenham, north of Cambridge chart the transformation of Neolithic woodland to Romano-British marshland, providing unrivalled insights into death and ritual in a changing prehistoric environment. The highlight of Volume I is the internationally renowned Foulmire Fen long barrow, with its preserved timber burial chamber and façade. The massive individual timbers allow detailed study of Neolithic wood technology and the direct examination of a structure that usually survives only as a pattern of post holes.
Marshland Communities and Cultural Landscape Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 344
ISBN: 9781902937328
Pub Date: 29 Aug 2006
Series: Haddenham Project
Illustrations: 291 illus, 155 tabs
Description:
Set in the context of this project's innovative landscape surveys, four extraordinary sites excavated at Haddenham, north of Cambridge chart the transformation of Neolithic woodland to Romano-British marshland, providing unrivalled insights into death and ritual in a changing prehistoric environment. Volume II moves on to later periods, and reveals how Iron Age and Romano-British communities adapted to the wetland environment that had now become established.
EAA 109: Archaeology and Environment of the Etton Landscape Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 205
ISBN: 9780952061625
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2005
Series: East Anglian Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: some b/w illus
Description:
A long-term, low-cost rescue project was undertaken in response to gravel quarrying at Maxey between 1983 and 1990. Throughout, the archaeological focus was the more or less concurrent excavation taking place at the Etton causewayed enclosure, a site which was effectively a central point within this part of the lower Welland valley. The Etton Landscape consists of the relict river systems, former floodplain and lowermost parts of the Welland First Terrace gravels between the modern villages of Maxey, Etton and Northborough.
St Kilda and the Wider World Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 226
ISBN: 9781905119004
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2005
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: 89 b/w and col pls
Description:
Forty miles out into the Atlantic from the western isles of Scotland lies the archipelago of St Kilda. Home to human populations for more than 4000 years, the islands inhabitants were evacuated from the main island in 1930 leaving it as a haven for wildlife, a tourist destination and workplace for those studying and monitoring the islands ecology and its radar station built in the 1950s. Many of those writing about St Kilda have emphasised the remoteness and insularity of its environment, describing its population as having endured a wretched and isolated existence marooned on an archipelago miles from civilisation.
Fertile Ground Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 166
ISBN: 9781842171448
Pub Date: 06 Sep 2005
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Symposia of the Association for Environmental Archaeology
Description:
The fourteen papers in this volume focus on the environmental archaeology of Britain, uncovering a rich seam of evidence from what might, to the uninitiated, seem like the most unlikely places. They are centred on issues looked at by Susan Limbrey during her career, and presented in her honour on the occasion of her retirement.