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Fiskerton

An Iron Age Timber Causeway with Iron Age and Roman Votive Offerings

By Naomi Field, Mike Parker Pearson

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Format: Hardback, 250 pages
Other Information: 21 tbs, 143 b/w figs, 9 col pls
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 2003
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Fiskerton, located in the Witham valley at Lincoln, is one of only a handful of excavated sites in Europe to reveal the Iron Age practice of ritually destroying special and elite objects by placing them in a body of water. This volume reports on the 1981 excavations on the bank of the River Witham and provides fascinating insights into this important aspect of Iron Age religion and culture. The excavators found three rows of timber posts at the site, two of which formed a wooden causeway at least 160m long which remained in use from 457 to at least 321 BC. A remarkable group of Iron Age and Roman artefacts were found in association with this structure, including bronze and iron weapons and tools (some decorated with ornamental motifs), bone tools, stone tools, jewellery and pottery. The Iron Age finds are earlier than those from similar watery sites such as La Tene in Switzerland and Llyn Cerrig Bach in Wales, and the precise dating of the Fiskerton causeway by dendrochronology establishes it as the earliest known structure in Europe belonging to the La Tene culture. This report provides detailed descriptions of the Iron Age, Roman and Medieval artefacts and the human and animal bones found at the site. The authors compare the Fiskerton deposition with other British, Irish and European examples of ritual or votive deposition in water; they discuss the construction and the appearance of the causeway; and they examine the significance of Fiskerton as a religious site, especially in terms of its topographical context, as a river crossing and as a boundary or liminal area between mainland Britain and the former island of Lindsey to the north.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface (N Field and M Parker Pearson); Summary - Resume - Zusammenfassung; List of contributors; Acknowledgements; The timber causeway; The environmental setting of the causeway; The wooden remains; The Iron Age weaponry and tools; The other Iron Age artefacts; The Roman and Medieval artefacts; The human and animal bones; The Fiskerton causeway; Fiskerton in its local and regional setting; The Fiskerton votive assemblage and its context; The British and European context of Fiskerton; Regional social dynamics in later Prehistoric eastern England; Appendix: other archaeological excavations at Fiskerton; References; Colour plates; Index.

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a remarkable book in several ways...The importance of new work underway in the valley is clear.'--Mike Pitts "British Archaeology Review, 2004 " the wealth of information that the Fiskerton volume presents, ...make[s] it a worthy occupant of the bookshelf on votive depositional sites.'--Fokke Gerritsen "Antiquity, 2005 " The book is full of interest, at times provocative and exciting, '--Bryony Coles "Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, 2004 "

EAN: 9781842170649
ISBN: 1842170643
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Dimensions: 30.43 x 21.54 x 1.93 centimetres (1.21 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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