Thurrock's Deeper Past: A Confluence of Time: The archaeology of the borough of Thurrock, Essex, from the last Ice Age to the establishment of the English kingdoms [Paperback]

Christopher John Tripp (Author)

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ISBN: 9781789691115 | Published by: Archaeopress | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 208p, 65 figures, 6 maps (36 plates in colour)




Thurrock's Deeper Past: A Confluence of Time: The archaeology of the borough of Thurrock, Essex, from the last Ice Age to the establishment of the English kingdoms

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Thurrock's Deeper Past: A Confluence of Time' looks at the evidence for human activity in Thurrock and this part of the Thames estuary since the last Ice Age, and how the river crossing point here has been of great importance to the development of human settlement and trade in the British Isles. It is a book about the archaeology of Thurrock. It takes in all periods and most of the sites which have been excavated in the borough of Thurrock over the last sixty or more years. The account opens at a time when Britain is still joined to the continent and the inhabitants are using flint tools and weapons. The author follows through the impact of the succeeding ages on the locality: the melting of the ice, the Neolithic period bringing the farming of crops and stockholding, the first appearance of worked metal in the Bronze Age, through the widespread use of iron in the Iron Age; and then the dramatic impact of Rome and its gradual dissolution to the English kingdoms whose traces are still recognisable today. All is set in the context of the author's lasting interest in the subject, first nurtured at his Tilbury school.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Thurrock today; The stone crafters; The monument builders; The metal workers; Tribes and tribulation; Invasion; From `THE Britons' to `THE English'; Epilogue; Bibliography

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