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Excavations at Deansway Worcester 1988 89

Author : Hal Dalwood
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The Deansway excavation lay in the center of Worcester, where four large areas were excavated in 1988-89. Deeply stratified deposits revealed extensive evidence for the development of the settlement from a Romano-British small town to a late medieval city. This volume is a major contribution to understanding the development of Worcester. The evidence for the Romano-British settlement and the important role played by ironworking is examined in detail. The excavation located the Anglo-Saxon defenses and evidence for intensive urban occupation from the 10th century onwards. This volume considers the evidence for medieval buildings, craft production, food consumption and material culture. A late medieval bronze foundry was fully investigated, and provides an important contribution to knowledge of this industry. This volume offers a detailed case study of urban development, and will be valuable for urban archaeologists and historians, as well as anyone interested in the regional archaeology of the West Midlands.

Urban Growth and the Medieval Church

Author : Nigel Baker
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Although the Church played a major role in the development of towns and cities from the earliest times, many important aspects of the early stages of urbanization in England are still poorly understood.Urban Growth and the Medieval Church employs a wealth of historical and archaeological evidence from two key towns - Gloucester and Worcester - to provide a comprehensive picture of their respective developments throughout the medieval period. Only then can the crucial role played by the Church, in shaping the spiritual, social, economic and cultural development of the urban environment, be discovered.

Techniques of Archaeological Excavation

Author : Philip Barker
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First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Applied Soils and Micromorphology in Archaeology

Author : Richard I. Macphail
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Applied Soils and Micromorphology in Archaeology provides the most up-to-date information on soil science and its applications in archaeology. Based on more than three decades of investigations and experiments, the volume demonstrates how description protocols and complimentary methods (SEM/EDS, microprobe, micro-FTIR, bulk soil chemistry, micro- and macrofossils) are used in interpretations. It also focuses on key topics, such as palaeosols, cultivation, and occupation surfaces, and introduces a range of current issues, such as site inundation, climate change, settlement morphology, herding, trackways, industrial processes, funerary features, and site transformation. Structured around important case studies, Applied Soils and Micromorphology in Archaeology is thoroughly-illustrated, with color plates and figures, tables and other ancillary materials on its website (; chapter appendices can be accessed separately using the web ( This new book will serve as an essential volume for all archaeological inquiry about soil.

The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain

Author : Christopher Gerrard
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The Middle Ages are all around us in Britain. The Tower of London and the castles of Scotland and Wales are mainstays of cultural tourism and an inspiring cross-section of later medieval finds can now be seen on display in museums across England, Scotland, and Wales. Medieval institutions from Parliament and monarchy to universities are familiar to us and we come into contact with the later Middle Ages every day when we drive through a village or town, look up at the castle on the hill, visit a local church or wonder about the earthworks in the fields we see from the window of a train. The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain provides an overview of the archaeology of the later Middle Ages in Britain between AD 1066 and 1550. 61 entries, divided into 10 thematic sections, cover topics ranging from later medieval objects, human remains, archaeological science, standing buildings, and sites such as castles and monasteries, to the well-preserved relict landscapes which still survive. This is a rich and exciting period of the past and most of what we have learnt about the material culture of our medieval past has been discovered in the past two generations. This volume provides comprehensive coverage of the latest research and describes the major projects and concepts that are changing our understanding of our medieval heritage.

Roman Military Objectives in Britain Under the Flavian Emperors

Author : Alison E. Grant
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This study looks at the archaeological evidence for Roman campaigning in Britain under the Flavians (AD 69-96). It discusses the tribal and place names in Ptolemy's map and the Ravenna Cosmology and attempts to identify the areas referred to. Finally it uses this information alongside Tacitus' Agricola, finding a remarkable degree of convergence with the archaeological and geo-political evidence.

Bibliographic Index

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The Derbyshire Archaeological Journal

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Worcestershire Archaeology and Local History Newsletter

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Religion Community and Territory

Author : Stephen James Yeates
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A three-part volume, consisting of synthesis, and a two-part gazetteer. Examines what is known about the development of religion in the area of the Severn Valley from the Late Bronze Age to the foundation of the minsters in the early medieval period. The second part of the survey is concerned with the association of religion, community and territory, and consequently deals with the ways in which these aspects were interrelated. A framework is proposed for explaining the long-term development of communities in the region from late prehistory to the historical period.

Metals and Mines

Author : Susan La Niece
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This book arose from the conference Metallurgy: A Touchstone for Cross-cultural Interaction which took place at the British Museum. The papers largely relate to mining and extractive metallurgy. The inception and nature of the first smelting technologies of copper and tin in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, and of zinc in China and iron in Africa, the Middle East and Britain are discussed together with insights into the archaeology and experimental replication of the processes.

TRAC 2006

Author : Roman Roth
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The sixteenth Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference was held in Cambridge in March 2006. Sixty papers were given during the two-day conference and covered the breadth and length of the Roman world. The issues of identity, its expression and recognition, were at the forefront of consideration. Sessions also looked at public and private religion, 'Romanisation' from a zooarchaeological perspective, how theoretical archaeology works in the field and the ways in which all of this (and more) is presented to the public. This volume contains a selection of the papers from all of the sessions that ran during the course of the conference.

Twenty five Years of Archaeology in Gloucestershire

Author : John Jurica
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Twenty-five years is a long time in the study of prehistory and these papers, given at a conference in Cheltenham in 2004, seek to review the excavations, surveys, chance finds and serious investigations carried out over two and a half decades.

Prehistoric and Medieval Occupation at Moreton in Marsh and Bishop s Cleeve Gloucestershire

Author : Martin Watts
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Two reports are published in this volume: excavations in 2003 at Blenheim Farm, Moreton-in-Marsh (by Jonathan Hart and Mary Alexander) and excavations in 2004 at 21 Church Road, Bishop's Cleeve (by Kate Cullen and Annette Hancocks). Significant remains recorded at Moreton-in-Marsh include a Middle Bronze Age settlement of four post-built circular structures partly enclosed by a segmented ditch, and a series of medieval fields and paddocks with a possible sheepcote structure. A Middle Palaeolithic handaxe was also recovered. The Iron Age and medieval remains recorded at Bishop's Cleeve add to our understanding of past settlement in and around the village, where extensive development has resulted in a number of significant excavations in recent years.

Salt Life and Industry

Author : Matthew Williams
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This report describes the results of a developer-funded excavation undertaken in 2001 and 2002 in Middlewich, Cheshire, north-eastern England, prior to the development of the site for housing. Middlewich is located 33km east of Chester, on the Cheshire plain and to the south of the confluence of the Rivers Dane and Croco. The Croco was straightened when the Trent and Mersey canal was constructed in the 1770s. The modern town is also bounded to the west by the River Wheelock. Contents: Chapter 1 - Introduction by Malcolm Reid and Matthew Williams; Chapter 2 - The Excavation by Malcolm Reid and Matthew Williams; Chapter 3 - Coins by David Shotter; Chapter 4 - Brooches by Imogen Wellington; Chapter 5 - Other Copper Alloy Objects and an Iron Chain by Gillian Dunn; Chapter 6 - Lead Artefacts and Lead Manufacturing Waste by Jane Cowgill; Chapter 7 - Slag and Related Material by Jane Cowgill; Chapter 8 - Glass by Sally Worrell; Chapter 9 - Coarse Pottery by Ruth Leary; Chapter 10 - Samian Pottery by Margaret Ward; Chapter 11 - Briquetage by Matthew Williams; Chapter 12 - Wooden Artefacts by Michael Bamforth; Chapter 13 - Leather Objects by Quita Mould; Chapter 14 - Animal Bone by Sarah Viner; Chapter 15 - Archaeobotanical Remains by Gaylnne Carter; Chapter 16 - General Conclusions by Malcolm Reid.

Two Cemeteries from Bristol s Northern Suburbs

Author : Martin Watts
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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). Excavations in 2004 at Henbury School, Bristol, revealed the truncated remains of 21 inhumation burials, making a total of 28 burials recorded at the site since 1982. Of these, 24 burials formed a dispersed cemetery of crouched inhumations, the vast majority of which were aligned north/south and lay on their left sides, with equal numbers of males and females (where sex could be determined) and only one child. Poor bone survival rendered radiocarbon dating invalid, and the cemetery is dated by only one grave good: a finger ring from the mid to late Iron Age. However, the cemetery clearly pre-dated a later rectangular enclosure of very late Iron Age (early 1st-century AD) date. Crouched inhumations from the later Iron Age are known from the region but usually from pits or scattered, so the presence of this cemetery at Henbury is significant. Inhumation cemeteries of this date are rare in Western Britain, although they may have been quite widespread. Despite the dearth of surviving features within the subsequent enclosure, the scale of the ditches suggests it was a farmstead, and environmental evidence hints at both livestock rearing and cereal cultivation. Subsequent Roman activity was clearly intensive, and included a further four burials; although difficult to interpret, it adds to a substantial amount of evidence for Roman activity to the north-west of Bristol. Excavations in 2005 at Hewlett Packard, Filton, revealed the truncated remains of 51 inhumation burials within an isolated post-Roman cemetery. All of the burials were extended and east-west aligned, and were arranged in rows and groups. The tradition of east/west-aligned graves is a common late Roman and post-Roman practice, and these were not necessarily Christian. The largest group comprised 24 burials clustered around a central grave that contained an unusual skeleton and evidence for a distinctive burial rite. Overall there were slightly more females than males (where sex could be determined) and ten children. Adult stature could only be calculated in a few cases; males were generally taller that the early medieval average, females shorter. No grave goods were recovered, but four radiocarbon dates obtained from human bone suggest a period of use sometime between the 5th and 7th centuries AD. There was no evidence for contemporary settlement within the immediate vicinity. Other post-Roman cemeteries that are culturally distinct from Anglo-Saxon influenced burials are known from the region. The absence of Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in South Gloucestershire suggests this area remained under British control in the 5th and 6th centuries. The abandonment of this cemetery may have been the result of changes in the religious landscape once the area finally came under Saxon control in the late 7th century.

Life and Labour in Late Roman Silchester

Author : Michael Fulford
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The Society of Antiquaries' excavation of Silchester's Insula IX in 1893-4 left most of the stratigraphy undisturbed. A new programme of work has shown that the Insula underwent radical change, c. AD 250/300, with the construction of new workshop and residential buildings on the orientation of the Roman street-grid, following the demolition of mid-Roman buildings arranged on different, pre- and early Roman alignments. The plans of several properties and individual buildings were recovered, and analysis of the rich range of artefactual and biological data has allowed a detailed and differentiated characterisation of the life and occupations of the inhabitants in the 4th century. The context of the 5th century ogham-inscibed stone is explored and the history of the insula is followed into the 5th/6th century.

British Irish Archaeological Bibliography

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The Worcester Area

Author : Royal Archaeological Institute (Great Britain). Summer Meeting
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Transactions Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society

Author : Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
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