Kingdom, Civitas, and County

The Evolution of Territorial Identity in the English Landscape

Author: Stephen Rippon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191077275

Category: Social Science

Page: 463

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This book explores the development of territorial identity in the late prehistoric, Roman, and early medieval periods. Over the course of the Iron Age, a series of marked regional variations in material culture and landscape character emerged across eastern England that reflect the development of discrete zones of social and economic interaction. The boundaries between these zones appear to have run through sparsely settled areas of the landscape on high ground, and corresponded to a series of kingdoms that emerged during the Late Iron Age. In eastern England at least, these pre-Roman socio-economic territories appear to have survived throughout the Roman period despite a trend towards cultural homogenization brought about by Romanization. Although there is no direct evidence for the relationship between these socio-economic zones and the Roman administrative territories known as civitates, they probably corresponded very closely. The fifth century saw some Anglo-Saxon immigration but whereas in East Anglia these communities spread out across much of the landscape, in the Northern Thames Basin they appear to have been restricted to certain coastal and estuarine districts. The remaining areas continued to be occupied by a substantial native British population, including much of the East Saxon kingdom (very little of which appears to have been 'Saxon'). By the sixth century a series of regionally distinct identities - that can be regarded as separate ethnic groups - had developed which corresponded very closely to those that had emerged during the late prehistoric and Roman periods. These ancient regional identities survived through to the Viking incursions, whereafter they were swept away following the English re-conquest and replaced with the counties with which we are familiar today.

The Hidden Places of England

Author: Barbara Vesey

Publisher: Travel Publishing (UK)

ISBN: 9781902007434

Category: England

Page: 844

View: 3074

An easy to use travel guide noted for its wealth of interesting geographical and historical information and by its concentration on the more secluded and less well-known visitor attractions and places to eat and stay, while, of course, covering the more established places of interest. Includes line drawings of each place, addresses and telephone numbers .

Networks & Neighbours

Vol. 2.1: Comparisons and Correlations

Author: N.A

Publisher: punctum books

ISBN: 0615995381

Category: History

Page: 182

View: 3489

Networks and Neighbours is a refereed and peer-reviewed open-access, online journal concerned with varying types of inter-connectivity in the Early Middle Ages. Published biannually (July and January), the journal collects exceptional pieces of work by both postgraduate students and established academics with an aim to promote the study of how people and communities interacted within and without their own world and localities in the Early Middle Ages. Issue 2.1 (Jan. 2014) is devoted to the topic "Comparisons and Correlations": Reading beyond borders is, in theory, a methodology admired by early medieval scholars and considered when performing research, but to what extent, we ask, is comparative history a reality in early medieval scholarship? Furthermore, should we pursue this line of thinking, reading, writing and teaching? What are the potential benefits structurally? What new historical representations will emerge from a sustained, earnest attempt at comparing the physical artifacts, mental archaeology and socio-/geographical landscapes of early medieval minds, places, connections and/or neighbourhoods?

Archaeology of the Jubilee Line Extension

Prehistoric and Roman Activity at Stratford Market Depot, West Ham, London, 1991-1993

Author: Jonathan Hiller,David R. P. Wilkinson,Leigh Allen

Publisher: Museum of London Archaeology Svc


Category: Social Science

Page: 56

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Excavation ahead of redevelopment by London Underground Limited uncovered flint tools and debitage characteristic of the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods and Early Bronze Age. Activity resumed in the Late Bronze Age. A neonate skeleton of Early Iron Age date was recovered from a rubbish pit near a probable roundhouse. Two crouched adult inhumations are atypically early Roman. Two horse burials and a dog skeleton are also of Roman date. Thereafter, occupation ceased until post-medieval times. Overall, the work provides invaluable information relating to the development of the landscape beneath the suburbs of modern east London.

Take the Kids


Author: Joseph Fullman

Publisher: Cadogan Books

ISBN: 9781860111488

Category: Travel

Page: 544

View: 7861

Kids and traveling become a great combination with Cadogan's landmark, comprehensive, and thoroughly entertaining guide to child-friendly England. With unique ideas, top tips and practical travel advice on choosing the best vacation, travelers will have the time of their lives. Explore the native country of Winnie-the-Pooh, Peter Pan, and Harry Potter, and run riot round England's seaside resorts, theme parks, and castles, not to mention the fastest roller coaster and biggest Ferris wheel in the world. The guide also features a detailed section on London, including spotting the stars at Madame Tussauds and boarding the buses at the London Transport Museum. Extensive, personally reviewed listings of places to stay and eat complete this fun, colorful, and incredibly imaginative guide.

The Shapwick Project, Somerset

A Rural Landscape Explored

Author: Christopher M. Gerrard,Michael Aston

Publisher: Maney Pub

ISBN: 9781905981861

Category: History

Page: 1047

View: 1515

The Shapwick Project, undertaken between 1989-99 is one of the most detailed studies of a single medieval settlement and its landscape. A principal aim of the project was to examine processes of nucleation, a current hot topic in medieval archaeology. This massive volume represents the final report from the project. It contains sections on methodology, on the various surveys undertaken (historical, architectural, archaeological and ecological), on the excavations themselves and on the finds, both material and environmental. The conclusions chart the development of settlement patterns at Shapwick from prehistory to the present day.

The Dover Bronze Age Boat

Author: Peter Clark

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 340

View: 7621

In 1992 the perfectly preserved remains of a large prehistoric, sewn plank boat were discovered buried six metres below the streets of Dover in Kent. The boat has been dated to c. 1550 BC and is one of the most important and spectacular prehistoric wooden objects ever found in Europe. This richly illustrated book, including carefully researched reconstruction drawings, tells the dramatic story of its discovery and excavation, and the pioneering work on its conservation, re-assembly and display in the multi-award winning Bronze Age gallery at Dover Museum. The boat was made from huge oak planks hewn into elaborate shapes that fitted together with exacting tolerances. These were made fast with an intricate system of timber wedges and twisted yew withies, the seams waterproofed with pads of moss held in place by thin strips of oak and stopping made of beeswax and animal fat. Together these elements formed a broad-beamed, flat-bottomed boat of unique design, employing a woodworking tradition now long forgotten. In addition to a detailed description of the boat itself, the book explores the method of its construction, its original form, capabilities and performance, and its function and place in Bronze Age society. It presents new and innovative techniques for the study of ancient timbers and describes an experiment in building a copy of the boat using replicas of Bronze Age tools. Far more than a straightforward technical report on an ancient vessel, the book examines in depth the implications of this unique find for our understanding of prehistoric communities 3500 years ago.

Queer London

Von der Antike bis heute

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH

ISBN: 3641230845

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 5093

Londons größter lebender Chronist über die »gay history« seiner Stadt Das römische Londinium war übersät mit »Wolfshöhlen«, Bordellen und heißen Bädern, in denen es hoch herging. Homosexualität galt als bewundernswert. Bis Kaiser Konstantin die Macht übernahm und mit seinen Mönchen und Missionaren für Ordnung sorgte. Zeiten der Toleranz wechselten mit Zeiten der Ächtung und Verfolgung. Heute gehört »queer London« zur britischen Hauptstadt wie Tower und Big Ben. Londons homosexuelle Szene ist die größte in Europa und eine der größten weltweit. Peter Ackroyd zeigt uns, wie seine Stadt sich diesen Platz erkämpft hat. Er zelebriert die Vielfältigkeit und Energie der Community, zeigt aber auch die Gefährdungen, denen sie zu allen Zeiten ausgesetzt war. »Ein absolut einzigartiges Leseerlebnis.« The Independent

Preferred economies

the nature of the subsistence base throughout mainland Britain during prehistory

Author: Andrew Richmond

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd


Category: Social Science

Page: 177

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Stemming from the author's doctoral research, this volume assesses the environmental evidence for changes in the subsistence base of prehistoric communities in Britain, from the 5th to the 1st millennium BC. With much regional comparative analysis, Andrew Richmond re-evaluates the concept of the Neolithic as defined by the adoption of agriculture, arguing that it may not have become the mainstay of the economy until an advanced stage of the Neolithic.