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The Lower Palaeolithic Occupation of Britain

The Lower Palaeolithic Occupation of BritainThe Lower Palaeolithic Occupation of Britainby John Wymer
ISBN 1-874350-29-9

2 Volumes £25 (digitally reprinted due to demand)
This volume presents a synthesis based on a comprehensive seven year survey of the Palaeolithic archaeology of England and Wales. That survey sought to identify the findspots and plot the distribution of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic artefacts in relation to the deposits containing them. This volume is concerned not only with artefacts but with people; when and where they moved through the land we now know as Britain and in interpreting, where possible, what they were doing during the half million or so years of their occupation.
It begins with a brief introduction to the period, the nature of the archaeological resource, and a history of Palaeolithic research. This is followed by detailed considerations of the geological and climatological background, the formation and importance of river terraces, of the people themselves, and of fauna and flora that existed alongside them.
The main thrust of the report is a landscape based review of the evidence, beginning with a journey along all the main river valleys. The evidence is then reviewed for occupation beside the sea, around lakes, on the downs, plains, hills and fringes of the highlands, and in caves and rock shelters. It concludes with a future research agenda which poses a number of questions. The report is accompanied by a separate volume of colour maps summarising all the major distributions by area.

The Archaeology of the M6 Toll 2000-2003

The Archaeology of the M6 Toll 2000-2003 front coverThe Archaeology of the M6 Toll 2000-2003 front coverby Andrew B. Powell, Paul Booth, A.P. Fitzpatrick and A.D. Crockett
ISBN 978-1874350-1-6
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In late 2000, during one of the wettest winter on record, Oxford Wessex Archaeology were commissioned by the construction consortium CAMBBA, on behalf of Midland Expressway Limited, to carry out the archaeological works associated with the construction of the new 44km M6 Toll motorway.

The main phase of work was carried out during 2001, and by 2003 all investigations were complete, revealing 41 separate sites.

Remains includied Mesolithic flint scatters, isolated Neolithic pits and hollows, Bronze Age burnt mounds and Iron Age settlement enclosures. The Romano-British period was dominated by settlement and burials concentrated around Wall (Letocetum), Ryknield Street and Watling Street, whilst the Anglo-Saxons were notable by their absence from the results. Evidence for medieval settlement and agriculture was recorded at many sites, and in particular a Knights Templar fishpond complex at Wishaw. More recent standing structures were also recorded, including the northern dam for Hatherton Reservoir, Churchbridge Railway and Accommodation bridges and sections through the Cannock Extension and Wyrley and Essington Canals, vital elements of the post-medieval industrial heritage of the region.

Suburban Life in Roman Durnovaria: Excavations at the Former County Hospital Site, Dorchester, Dorset 2000-2001

Suburban Life in Roman Durnovaria front coverSuburban Life in Roman Durnovaria front coverby Mike Trevarthen
ISBN 978-1874350 £4.95
Excavations at the former County Hospital site, Dorchester have provided a rare opportunity to examine a reasonably large area of the south-western corner of the Roman town of Durnovaria. Evidence for a series of buildings, including a late Roman town house complete with fine mosaics, was recovered as well as working areas and probable barns. A wide range of largely domestic objects and evidence for local produce was recovered as well as important evidence for allec or fish sauce and for imported wine or vine fruits, olive oil, grain and lentils. The results of the excavations are presented here in an easy to read format accompanied by many colour photographs and illustrations. The Durnovaria technical reports are available online.


From Hunter Gatherers to Huntsmen - A History of the Stansted Landscape

by Framework Archaeology
Published February 2008
ISBN 978-0-9554519-1-1 £20
The expansion of Stansted Airport provided an opportunity to investigate a large area of clay plateau, typical of the north-west Essex landscape. The area was a focus for hunter-gatherer activity as early as the Palaeolithic period, and was first settled by small farming communities in the Middle Bronze Age. From the Middle Iron Age onwards, increasing settlement and population density led to the enclosure of the landscape. Farming and settlement concentrated on the more fertile river valleys and the slopes of the heavily wooded plateau.
The Romano-British period saw a decline in the rural population, whilst increasing agricultural intensification led to the first systematic farming of the clay plateau. Woodland regeneration in the post-Romano-British period is clearly demonstrated in documentary sources. Indeed, much of the history of the Saxon and medieval settlement of the area concerns the relationship between agricultural expansion and the surrounding woodland, whilst deer parks such as Stansted Park allowed landowners to demonstrate their mastery of the landscape and its wildlife.
This book, along with its accompanying CD-ROM, presents the results of these excavations, allowing the reader to explore both broader historical themes and the minutiae of individual sites, features and finds. The results of earlier work in the area are integrated, providing a coherent historical narrative of human inhabitation.

The 18th Century Baptist Chapel and Burial Ground at West Butts Street, Poole

by Jacqueline I. McKinley
ISBN 978-1874350-45-3 £9.95
An intact, 18th century Baptist burial ground was excavated in Poole, Dorset. The West Butts Street congregation was established in 1735 by 15 named members but dwindled in the 1780s. The chapel was demolished but the burial ground subsequently served a second Baptist community, Hill Street, founded in 1804, until their own church was built in 1813. Documentary research gathered a wealth of information regarding the town, its population and economic status, and the growth and spread of Nonconformity and the Baptist movement. Osteological analysis of 100 individuals has enabled some aspects of the lives of the cemetery’s population to be gleaned.

Archaeological Excavations on the route of the A27 Westhampnett Bypass, West Sussex, 1992

Volume 2: the Late Iron Age, Romano-British, and Anglo-Saxon cemeteries
by A.P. Fitzpatrick
Published 1997: Report 12
ISBN: 1-874350-20-5 reduced to £5
Five excavations were undertaken in advance of the construction of the A27 Westhampnett Bypass, near Chichester, West Sussex. These revealed a Late Iron Age religious site which contained over 160 cremation burials, a Romano-British cremation cemetery with a further 36 burials and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery with 10 inhumation graves.

Excavations at Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight, 1921-1996

by C.J. Young
Published 2000: Report 18

ISBN: 1-874350-27-2  SORRY SOLD OUT
A series of excavations, watching briefs and other interventions have shed new light on the history and archaeology of the only medieval fortification on the Isle of Wight. The earliest use of the hilltop was for a 6th century Saxon cemetery, followed by settlement and timber fortification in the late Saxon period. A motte and bailey replaced an earthen Norman castle in the 12th century and the castle saw repeated episodes of building and embellishment up to the 17th century. The excavations have produced good stratified sequences of medieval and post-medieval artefacts, particularly pottery, and revealed a range of domestic and other buildings.

Excavations at Billingborough, Lincolnshire, 1975-8: A Bronze Age - Iron Age Settlement and Salt-working Site

by P. Chowne, R.M.J. Cleal and A.P. Fitzpatrick with P. Andrews
Published 2001
ISBN: 1-874350-32-9 
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Extensive excavations on the fen margin at Billingborough revealed archaeological remains of considerable regional importance. A Middle Bronze Age enclosure is one of the most extensively excavated enclosures of its type in East Anglia. Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age salt-making debris represents one of the earliest and most substantial assemblages of such material in the area. The results have led to the creation of a pottery sequence for the Bronze Age and Iron Age periods in the region.

Charter Quay: The Spirit of Change

The Archaeology of Kingston’s Riverside
by The Trust for Wessex Archaeology Ltd.
Published 2003
ISBN: 1-874350-38-8 
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The Charter Quay development in Kingston upon Thames occupies much of the heart of the historic town. Before construction began, archaeologists excavating the site uncovered the essential elements of the town's growth over 900 years; its urban planning, its market place businesses, shops and inns, the early industrial estate south of the Hogsmill, and the riverside wharves essential for its burgeoning trade.

Stealing away Like Time: archaeology and the River Jordan

by Andrew B. Powell
ISBN: 978-1-874350-43-9
Stealing Away Time - front cover This colourful 16 page booklet tells the story of the River Jordan, which rises at the base of the Dorset chalk and meanders through the secluded village of Sutton Poyntz on its brief course to the sea. The
history of settlement in the valley, from at least the Mesolithic through to the present day, has revolved around the river. The earlier settlements, and a medieval chapel, have recently been brought to light by archaeological excavation on the site of a new water pumping station (published in full in By a Crystal Brook, also available from Wessex Archaeology.