England: An Oxford Archaeological Guide to Sites from Earliest Times to AD 1600

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Architecture - 493 pages
Traveling around England is in many senses a journey back in time. On all sides, and sometimes even under the road or footpath itself, there are fragments of the ancient past alongside the clutter of the modern world. Medieval villages, castles, ancient churches, and Roman villas are commonplace and take us back to the time of Christ. And far older, yet equally abundant, are the barrows, hillforts, stone circles, camps, standing stones, trackways, and other relics of prehistoric times.
Now, thanks to these three archaeologists--each a specialist in one of the three periods covered by the Guide prehistoric, Roman, and medieval--readers have the chance to not only explore but to understand in context these fascinating sites and ruins. In addition to reporting on such well-known sites as Stonehenge and Hadrian's Wall, and cities such as London and York--which themselves offer a wealth of archaeological remains--the book also covers smaller, lesser-known sites throughout the country. An introductory section provides background to the monuments, and a reference section provides definitions, further reading, and information about museum collections. Finally, there are 200 photographs, plans, and maps that depict and describe these ancient remains in detail.
 

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Contents

Introduction
13
Northumbria
71
The Lake District and northwest
105
Yorkshire and the Humber basin
132
East Midlands
165
The Midlands plain and Welsh borders
187
East Anglia
217
The Chilterns and Northampton uplands
251
The Cotswolds and upper Thames valley
271
g London
311
Reference section
459
Museums
472
Useful addresses and internet sites
482
IllustrationsAcknowledgements
493
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Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology in the School of Conservation Sciences at Bournemouth University. The author of over a dozen books, including Prehistoric Britain (Routledge, 1998) and Prehistoric Britain from the Air (CUP, 1996), he has served as Chairman of the Institute of FieldArchaeologists and a Member of the Council of the National Trust.Jane Timby is a freelance arcaheological consultant specializing in later prehistoric, Roman, and Saxon pottery. She has published numerous articles and specialist studies and was the author of The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Empingham II, Rutland (Oxbow Books, 1996) and Excavations at Kingscote andWycomb, Gloucestershire (Cotswold Archaeological Trust, 1998).Paul Stamper is an Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage, working in the west midlands. Formerly he was involved with the compilation of the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in England. Before 1993 he was an editor with the Victoria County History of Shropshire. He has publishedwidely on landscape history, and has served as Secretary of the Society for Medieval Archaeology.

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