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This volume – originally published in 1977 and long out-of-print but still in demand – describes the excavation of a site near Wooler in Northumberland which is identified with the place called Ad Gefrin by the Venerable Bede.There Edwin of Northumbria had a northern palace; and there Paulinus his Roman missionary achieved mass-conversions. Excavation showed that the roots of Ad Gefrin stretched further back in time. The site was used as a cremation cemetery from about 2000 BC. Put under the plough at or after the time that a British oppidum was established on an overlooking hill it was still receiving cremations during the Roman Iron Age. Then or slightly later the first element of the future township was established: a palisaded enclosure rebuilt repeatedly (finally by Edwin himself).By the sixth century a little mortuary enclosure or ‘shrine’ its inhumations clustered round the focus of the prehistoric cremation cemetery had been replaced by what appears to have been a pagan temple. That preserved as part of Edwin’s township was closely followed by a wooden ‘theatre’ for formal assemblies (which outlived Edwin). The series of royal halls so closely studied here then began: Edwin’s was the greatest but it was neither the first nor the last.Techniques of excavation were evolved specially to allow the precise recovery of the details of vanished wooden structures. The author showed that archaeological enquiries into historical periods must both in questions and answers; also serve the needs of students of written evidence. There has been much scholarly reinterpretation of the original results but the volume stands as a record of that work.Key Features:412 pagesPaperbackPublished in 1977

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The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle Stockists

The garden created by Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester at Kenilworth Castle in the early 1570s was one of the wonders of Elizabethan England. It is also the best documented of all the great gardens of its age providing the starting point for English Heritage's ambitious re-creation in 2009. This beautifully illustrated book presents the extensive research that informed the scheme and describes the process by which the new garden was designed.Seventeen chapters written by specialists and experts in the field range widely covering: the place of Kenilworth in garden history; the Earl of Leicester as a cultural patron and his...

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Guidebook: Landguard Fort Stockists

Standing at the mouth of the Rivers Orwell and Stour Landguard Fort is an impressive monument to the long history of coastal defence in the British Isles. This guidebook provides a tour and a history of the fort richly illustrated with new and historic photographs plans and maps.Key Features:36 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2006

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Guidebook: Cliffords Tower Stockists

Clifford's Tower is all that remains of York's medieval castle which was once the main northern stronghold of the kings of England. At first there was a timber tower here where one of the most notorious events in the history of the castle took place in 1190 when the Jews of York who had taken refuge in the Tower died in tragic circumstances. The stone tower was built soon afterwards and was used as a treasury and royal exchequer. In the 17th century a fire destroyed the interior of the tower and the building was reduced to a shell. Many of the rest of the castle buildings were swept away in the 18th and 19th centuries....

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Guidebook: Audley End Stockists

‘The rooms are high and hung with beautiful tapestries: the beds amply decorated with golden velvet and silk bed hangings and covers.’From the account of the visit of Johann Ernst Duke of Saxe-Weimar to Audley End September 1613Built between about 1605 and 1614 by Thomas Howard 1st Earl of Suffolk Audley End was one of the greatest houses of Jacobean England. This immense ‘palace’ prompted James I to quip that though it was ‘too big for a king … it might suit a Lord Treasurer’. The house gradually declined in scale over subsequent centuries and was altered many times. Today visitors...

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Smoke-Blackened Thatch Stockists

A unique source of late medieval plant remains from Southern England. This publication assesses the archaeobotanical significance of late medieval Smoke Blackened Thatch (SBT) - the best preserved source of medieval plant remains so far discovered. Over 300 examples have been identified in Southern England providing researchers with their first opportunity to examine whole-plant specimens of medieval cereals legumes and crop weeds many of which are proving to be rare or extinct in Britain.The report provides the historical and botanical background of the wild an cultivated material that were used for thatching in the past....

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Hillforts Stockists

A detailed archaeological landscape survey that like all the best pieces of detective work investigates hillforts with the combined precision of the microscope and the ability to stand back and view the bigger picture. The authors have collectively spent many decades exploring these historic sites on foot and this book presents the results of their detailed archaeological landscape surveys.Key Features:142 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2007

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Guidebook: Ashby de la Zouch & Kirby Muxloe Castles Stockists

The castles of Ashby de la Zouch and Kirby Muxloe were built by William Lord Hastings who acquired immense power and wealth in the service of King Edward IV. Muxloe was never finished after Lord Hastings’s murder in 1483. Ashby remained in use as a family seat and the remains of its magnificent great tower still stand to a height of 24m. Ashby was a royalist stronghold in the Civil War but after a long siege it fell to parliamentarians and was partially demolished. The castle started to attract visitors in the 19th century after Sir Walter Scott set a scene in his novel Ivanhoe there.Key Features:40 pagesPaperbackPublished...

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Guidebook: Old Sarum Stockists

Old Sarum is one of the most fascinating historic sites in southern England. There was originally an Iron Age hillfort here and later a royal castle and a great cathedral. This guidebook includes a tour of the Iron Age ramparts cathedral and castle and tells the story of Old Sarum from its beginnings to its 20th-century rediscovery.

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An Archaeology of Town Commons in England Stockists

Historically towns in England were provided with common lands for grazing the draft animals of townspeople engaged in trade and for the pasturing of farm animals in an economy where the rural and the urban were inextricably mixed. The commons yielded wood minerals fruits and wild animals to the town's inhabitants and also developed as places of recreation and entertainment as extensions of domestic and industrial space and as an arena for military religious and political activities.However town commons have been largely disregarded by historians and archaeologists; the few remaining urban commons are under threat and are...

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Guidebook: Witley Court and Gardens Stockists

Witley Court was one of the great country houses of England. After a devastating fire in 1937 it became one of the country's most spectacular ruins. In this vast 19th century mansion life was lived on a grand scale with week-long parties glittering balls and Christmas trees hung with jewels.This guidebook offers a tour and history of the house and gardens which are now being restored and is illustrated with historic photographs reconstructions maps and eyewitness accounts.Key Features:40 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2013

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