Rethinking Ancient Woodland: The Archaeology and History of Woods in Norfolk

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Univ of Hertfordshire Press, Oct 1, 2015 - History - 288 pages
'Ancient woodland' is a term widely used in England for long-established semi-natural woods, shaped by centuries of traditional management. Such woods are often assumed to provide a direct link with the natural vegetation of England, as this existed before the virgin forests were fragmented by the arrival of farming. This groundbreaking study questions many of these assumptions. Drawing on more than a decade of research in Norfolk, the authors emphasize the essentially unnatural character of ancient woods.

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The contexts of ancient woodland
The origins of coppiced woodland
The character of coppiced woodland
Ancient woodland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
The recent history of ancient woodland
the nature of woodland
sites discussed in the text

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Gerry Barnes, MBE, served as Head of Environment at Norfolk County Council, and is now a researcher at the University of East Anglia, studying the history of trees and woodlands in eastern England. Tom Williamson is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia.

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