Timber Castles

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University of Exeter Press, 2004 - Architecture - 390 pages
Runner-up for the book award in the 1994 British Archaeological Awards, Timber Castles is the standard work on the subject and hugely infl uential in its fi eld. Its reissue makes available again this much sought after text with a new preface by Robert Higham. Some of the greatest medieval castles survive only as earthworks and in pictures and written accounts . . . because they were made of timber. Robert Higham and Philip Barker, who excavated in detail the timber castle at Hen Domen in Wales, have brought together evidence of all kinds to produce the first comprehensive survey of this neglected and little-known type of fortification.

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About the author (2004)

The late Philip Barker was Reader in British Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. He directed a number of excavations and published several books.Robert Higham recently retired as Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Exeter. His research interests cover two broad topics relating to the medieval period: the general theme of defence, in both its military and social aspects, and the medieval archaeology of South West England. He has directed a number of excavations and published several books. He has particular interests in the interplay between archaeological and historical data in the medieval period. Specific areas of research include urban defence, the archaeology, social and settlement history of castles and castle-building society, and the settlement history of Greater Exmoor.

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