Archaeology and Environment in Northumberland: Till-Tweed Studies Volume 2 [Hardback]

D. G. Passmore (Author); Clive Waddington (Author); Tim Gates (Author); Peter Marshall (Author)

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ISBN: 9781842174470 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2012 | Language: English 368p, 130 b/w & 78 col illus



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Archaeology and Environment in Northumberland

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Eventful, influential and absorbing, the early history of Northumberland is a fascinating story that has rarely been brought together under one cover. In this authoritative historical account, the authors bring to bear a huge quantity of old and new data and craft it into an in-depth synthesis. The authors deliver this history in chronological order from a perspective that places human activity and environment at its core. The narrative extends from the Palaeolithic through to, and including, the Anglo-Saxon period. This enormous sweep of history is supported by a robust radiocarbon chronology, with all available dates for the region brought together and calibrated against the most recent calibration curves for the first time. The geographic focus of the volume is North Northumberland but the narrative frequently extends to cover the whole county and occasionally further afield into neighbouring areas so as to deal with key topics at an appropriate geographic scale and to take account of important information from nearby areas.
This second volume in the Till-Tweed monograph series follows on from the first volume, Managing Archaeological Landscapes in Northumberland , which provided a considerable quantity of new field data, in addition to presenting a landscape management methodology based around the "landform element" approach.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Setting the Scene
1. Introduction (Clive Waddington and David G. Passmore with a contribution by Peter Marshall)
2. Environmental Background (David G. Passmore and Clive Waddington)
3. Monuments From the Air (Tim Gates)

Part 2. Chronological Narrative
4. Hunter-Gatherer-Fishers c. 13000 – 3900 BC (Clive Waddington and David G. Passmore)
5. The First Agriculturalists 3900 – 2000 BC (Clive Waddington and David G. Passmore with a contribution by Peter Marshall)
6. From Sacred Landscapes to Organised Agriculture 2100 – 1000 BC (Clive Waddington and David G. Passmore with a contribution by Peter Marshall)
7. Defending the Land 1000 BC – AD 79 (Clive Waddington and David G. Passmore with a contribution by Peter Marshall)
8. On the Edge of Empire AD 79 – AD 410 (Clive Waddington and David G. Passmore with a contribution by Peter Marshall)
9. A Kingdom Born and Lost AD 410 – 1066 (Clive Waddington and David G. Passmore with a contribution by Peter Marshall)
10. Perspectives Through Time (Clive Waddington and David G. Passmore)

Appendices
A. Supplementary details of sedimentary sequences recorded on Holocene alluvial landform elements (David G. Passmore)
B. Pollen analysis and chronology of ford moss (Basil A. Davis and David G. Passmore)
C. Pollen analysis and chronology of broad moss (David G. Passmore and Tony Stevenson)
D. North Northumberland temperature reconstruction from the European Pollen Database: Methodology (Basil A. Davis and David G. Passmore)

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