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Pevensey Castle

220 Front cover: Pevensey Castle, Sussex

By Michael Fulford and Stephen Rippon
ISBN: 978-1-874350-55-2

Survey and excavations undertaken on behalf of English Heritage on the site of the medieval Keep revealed important evidence for its construction, development, repairs and decay between c. 1200 and the 15th century. The Keep was in such a poor state of repair by the late 16th century that it came to be filled with clay and used as an artillery platform against the threat of the Armada. In the Second World War it was refortified once again.
Deep excavation behind and below the eastern wall of the Keep provided new dendrochronological evidence for a late 3rd century construction of the Roman fort wall and for its occupation from the end of the 3rd century and through the late Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Saxo-Norman periods. For the first time in south-east England imports of African Red Slipped Ware are attested in the 5th and the 7th centuries. The finds and environmental chapters include major reports on the Roman to Post-medieval pottery (Timby), the faunal remains (Powell and Serjeantson), the marine molluscs (Somerville) and soil micromorphology (Macphail).

Landscape Evolution in the Middle Thames Valley: Heathrow Terminal 5 Excavations, Vol 2

122 Heathrow Terminal 5 Excavations, volume 2

by Framework Archaeology
416p, 241 b/w and col illus, 117 col plates, DVD
ISBN-13: 978-0-9554519-2-8
ISBN-10: 0-9554519-2-2

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Excavations in advance of the construction of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport uncovered a complex settlement and farming landscape spanning later Neolithic to Saxon periods. Fragments of Neolithic cursus and a few other structures and pits attest to Neolithic activity before and associated with the Stanwell Cursus complex. By around 1700 BC, the landscape had been apportioned and divided into field systems traversed by double-ditched trackways and incorporating small farmsteads. There seems to have been little activity in the Iron Age until the emergence of a nucleated settlement of roundhouses, four-post structures and livestock enclosures in the Middle Iron Age. This settlement continued in use through to the end of the Roman period, with various modifications and realignments of the accompanying field systems. The remains of an early Saxon settlement were revealed to the north-west of this earlier site and, after a period of apparent abandonment, new fields and stock enclosures were established in the mid-Saxon period; the area remaining as farmland into the 20th century. 

Kentish Sites and Sites of Kent - A miscellany of four archaeological excavations

Kentish Sites and Sites of Kent - front coverKentish Sites and Sites of Kent - front coverby Phil Andrews, Kirsten Egging Dinwiddy, Chris Ellis, Andrew Hutcheson, Christopher Philpotts, Andrew B. Powell and Jörn Schuster
ISBN 978-1-874350-50-7
This volume presents the results of archaeological investigations undertaken at four sites in Kent. The two ‘linear’ schemes: the West Malling and Leybourne Bypass and Weatherlees–Margate–Broadstairs Wastewater Pipeline, provided transects across the landscape revealing settlement and cemetery evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon date. Two Bronze Age metalwork hoards were also recovered and a variety of World War II features.
Medieval settlement remains included sunken-featured buildings at West Malling, Fulston Manor, and Star Lane, Manston, that appear to belong to a type of building specific to Kent that had combined uses as bakeries, brewhouses, and/or kitchens. A short study of these, their distribution, form and possible functions, is included.
In addition to evidence for Bronze Age occupation, Manston Road, Ramsgate produced Anglo-Saxon settlement evidence with six sunken-featured buildings and a sizeable assemblage of domestic items.
Online specialist reports for the Margate Pipeline excavations mentioned in this volume are available online.


Living and Working in Roman and Later London: Excavations at 60–63 Fenchurch Street

Front Cover: Living and Working in Roman and Later London - Excavations at 60–63 Fenchurch StreetFront Cover: Living and Working in Roman and Later London - Excavations at 60–63 Fenchurch Streetby Vaughan Birbeck and Jörn Schuster
ISBN 978-1-874350-52-1
Excavations in advance of redevelopment for a prestigious office building in the east of the City revealed 10 broad phases of activity, ranging between the pre-Roman and post-medieval periods, with a focus on the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.
Roman Fenchurch Street follows the line of earlier ditches. For the first time, the entire width of the Roman road has been exposed, permitting adjustment of its course in the street plan of Londinium. Iron pipe collars demonstrate water management along the street and to the rear of the 2 plots identified on site. The 17 Roman buildings (later 1st–3rd century AD) show mixed domestic and commercial/industrial uses, including metalworking and butchery.
Although disturbed by modern buildings, later Roman finds recovered from medieval and post-medieval pits indicate continuity of activity, but there is a genuine lack of Saxon occupation. A peculiar deposition of animal bone in a medieval pit may provide evidence for ritual/magic practices.
Comparison with the adjacent site of Lloyd’s Register demonstrates the considerable differences that can occur in the occupation history of two adjacent sites. The volume includes reports on the finds and environmental assemblages.

Excavation of Prehistoric and Romano-British Sites at Marnel Park and Merton Rise (Popley), Basingstoke, 2004-8

Excavation of Prehistoric and Romano-British Sites at Marnel Park and Merton Rise (Popley), Basingstoke, 2004-8Excavation of Prehistoric and Romano-British Sites at Marnel Park and Merton Rise (Popley), Basingstoke, 2004-8by James Wright, Andrew B. Powell and Alistair Barclay
ISBN: 978-1-874350-51-4
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This report brings together the archaeological results from two fieldwork investigations at Popley, Basingstoke (NGR 46300,154000), now known as Merton Rise and Marnel Park, in advance of housing development. The archaeological work took place during 2004–8 and was commissioned by CgMs Consulting and funded by David Wilson Homes and Hampshire County Council.
The archaeological investigation of 59 ha of mostly chalk downland revealed traces of human activity from the Neolithic through to the late Roman period, beginning with occasional pits containing domestic refuse and both Grooved Ware and Beaker pottery, the latter with evidence for cereal cultivation.  
Permanent settlement occurred from about 1500 BC onwards with a series of open settlements including at least 15 buildings, mostly post-built roundhouses, of Middle Bronze Age to Early Iron Age date, whose inhabitants were involved in cereal cultivation and largescale land division. The Late Iron Age witnessed the creation of new settlements, enclosures, and trackways. Field lynchets and evidence for field clearance indicate that some earlier pasture was converted to arable. Short-lived, specialised enclosures, probably for animal husbandry, on the chalk contrasted with a long-lived complex of enclosures on poorer draining soils. The apparently low status settlement situated on these poorer soils exhibited only partly Romanised and mostly rural characteristics. 
The settlements were abandoned in the 4th century.
Merton Rise and Marnel Park Popley publication (PDF)1.99 MB
Merton Rise and Marnel Park Popley specialist reports (PDF)2.09 MB

Hill Hall: a singular house devised by a Tudor intellectual

Cover: Hill Hall: a singular house devised by a Tudor intellectualCover: Hill Hall: a singular house devised by a Tudor intellectualby Paul Drury and Richard Simpson
544p, 378 illus, hardback in 2 parts
ISBN-13: 978-0-85431-291-7
ISBN-10: 0-85431-291-9
This is the complete history of a building that began as a hunting lodge, late in the eleventh century and that grew to be the principal house of the manor of Theydon Mount in Essex, a small country retreat within easy reach of London. In 1556, the house was acquired by Sir Thomas Smith (1512-77), a man of humble origins but precocious intellect who became Regius Professor of Civil Law at Cambridge at the age of thirty and Chancellor of the University two years later. He then forsook academic for political life, becoming Master of Requests to the Lord Protector Somerset.
From 1557, Smith rebuilt the house in French-influenced classical style and decorated it with wall paintings of Cupid and Psyche and King Hezekiah, conveying complex messages of morality and affinity as part of a coherent programme of images in paint, glass and tiles.
Four centuries on, the house was first used as an open prison, then, in 1969, largely gutted by fire and finally, in 1980, taken into the care of the Department of the Environment. Archaeological excavation and detailed recording of the surviving fabric took place prior to the restoration of the house and its mural paintings, the results of which are now presented in this copiously illustrated account of one of the most important and influential houses to be built in Elizabethan England. 544p, 378 illus (2009)
For more information visit the Society of Antiquaries of London website (publications section).
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Archaeological Excavations on the Route of the A27 Westhampnett Bypass West Sussex, 1992: Volume 1

Westhampnett Bypass West Sussex, 1992: Volume 1 coverWesthampnett Bypass West Sussex, 1992: Volume 1 coverVolume 1: Late Upper Palaeolithic-Anglo-Saxon
By A. P. Fitzpatrick, Andrew B. Powell and Michael J. Allen
ISBN 978-1-874350-19-4
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Five main excavations and a number of smaller ones were undertaken in advance of the construction of the A27 Westhampnett Bypass near, Chichester, West Sussex, in 1992. This volume presents the evidence for settlement and related evidence that spans 11,000 years from the Late Upper Palaeolithic to the medieval.
The sites examined included a Late Upper Palaeolithic palaeosol, two early Mesolithic residential base camps, isolated Early and Late Neolithic pits, an Early Bronze Age barrow and a Middle Bronze Age settlement, a Middle Iron Age settlement, an unusual Romano-British enclosure of unknown function, perhaps a shrine, and an Anglo-Saxon Sunken-Featured building.
These excavations provide the first archaeological transect across part of the West Sussex Coastal Plain and provide a useful contrast to the well-explored Sussex Downs immediately to the north.
The Iron Age, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon cemeteries are published in volume 2.

Cambourne New Settlement - Iron Age and Romano-British settlement on the clay uplands of west Cambridgeshire

Cambourne New Settlement front coverCambourne New Settlement front coverby James Wright, Matt Leivers, Rachael Seager Smith and Chris J. Stevens
ISBN 978-1-874350-49-1
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Twelve excavations were carried out by Wessex Archaeology within the Cambourne Development Area. Situated on the clay uplands west of Cambridge, which have seen little previous archaeological investigation, the results presented here are important in demonstrating the ebb and flow of occupation according to population or agricultural pressure.
Short-lived Bronze Age occupation was followed in the Middle Iron Age by small farming communities with an economy based on stock-raising and some arable cultivation. The Late Iron Age seems to have seen a recession, perhaps partly due to increased waterlogging making farming less viable.
From the mid-1st century AD new settlements began to emerge, possibly partly stimulated by the presence of Ermine Street, and within a century the area was relatively densely occupied. Several farmsteads were remodelled in the later Romano-British period, though none seems to have been very prosperous.
Dispersed occupation may have continued into the early 5th century at least, followed by a hiatus until the 12th/13th century when the entire area was taken into arable cultivation, leaving the ubiquitous traces of medieval ridge and furrow agriculture.
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Cambourne New Settlement - Iron Age and Romano-British settlement on the clay uplands of west Cambridgeshire (PDF)3.35 MB

Archaeology on the A303 Stonehenge Improvement

Archaeology on the A303 Stonehenge Improvement

by Wessex Archaeology
ISBN: 978-1-874350-48-4
This volume reports on the archaeological works undertaken between 1998 and 2003 as part of the A303 Stonehenge Improvement highway scheme promoted by the Highways Agency.
The A303 trunk road and the A344 which pass Stonehenge are widely agreed to have a detrimental effect on its setting and on other archaeological features within the World Heritage Site. Around Stonehenge there is noise and visual intrusion from traffic and also air pollution. Each year nearly one million people visit the World Heritage Site and surroundings, using visitor facilities intended to cater for a much smaller number.
Many plans that might improve this situation have been examined, involving partnership working across many organisations. Common to all these has been the aim of removing traffic from the area of Stonehenge and at the same time addressing highways issues with regard to road capacity and safety.
This volume sets out the objectives of the extensive programme of archaeological work that was undertaken to inform the planning of the highway scheme, the methods used, the results obtained, and to explain something of the significance of works which provided a 12 km transect across the WHS and beyond: the first of its kind ever undertaken. 
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An Iron Age Settlement outside Battlesbury Hillfort, Warminster and Sites along the Southern Range Road

Cover for An Iron Age Settlement outside Battlesbury Hillfort, Warminster and Sites along the Southern Range RoadCover for An Iron Age Settlement outside Battlesbury Hillfort, Warminster and Sites along the Southern Range Roadby Chris Ellis and Andrew B. Powell
ISBN: 978-1-874350-47-7

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Construction of a tank road through part of Salisbury Plain, from Warminster to Tilshead, has revealed archaeological remains dating from the Neolithic up to modern use of the Plain for military training. Excavation adjacent to Battlesbury Camp hillfort has uncovered Late Bronze Age to Middle Iron Age settlement activity including ditches, roundhouses, four-post structures and numerous pits. Some of the pits contained human burials, and other deposits of artefacts and animal bones appear to have been formally placed.
Detailed environmental investigation has provided information about both the nature of the on-site activities and the character of the surrounding landscape.
Other sites investigated along the tank road included a round barrow and a multiple inhumation and cremation burial of Early Bronze Age date, a Middle Bronze Age enclosure, Late Bronze Age settlement sites, the ‘Old Ditch' Wessex Linear earthwork and evidence for Romano-British settlement and landuse.    
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