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Interpreting the English Village


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1. Starting Points 2. Ways of Seeing: Methods for the Analysis of of a Landscape 3. Once Upon a Time: From the Hunter-Gatherers of of the Mesolithic to the Agricultural Communities of the Iron Age 4. In the Shadow of an Empire: Life and Landscape during Roman Times, AD 43-c. AD 350 5. Postholes and People: From the End of the Roman Empire to the Early Middle Ages, c. AD 350-c. AD 800 6. A Village Moment? Shapwick before the Norman Conquest, c. AD 800-1000 7. Manor and Abbey:Schapewik in the Later Medieval Period, 1100-1539 8. After the Dissolution: Post-Medieval Shapwick, 1539-1750 9. Make Way for Tomorrow: Shapwick Yesterday and Today 10. Wider Contexts


Interpreting the English Village...is an interesting, informative and entertaining description of the results of a 10 year study into the wilds of Somerset. Its plentiful full color images and sidebar stories assist in making the story come alive, and, by the way, passing along the wider history of the British Isles... This is a great example of the public archaeology output from landscape archaeology, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. * About.com Archaeology Guide *
...an inspiring example of a local study carried out by the people, about the people and written for the people... yet it might well be asked why it should merit a place on the bookshelves of enthusiasts of archaeology in Cornwall, or other places [outside of] Shapwick [and Somerset]. Quite simply, besides being a good read, it provides a possible model for others to follow in their own communities. Not only does it show how various disciplines have been applied but it is clear to follow, without the jargon that can be so daunting, and abundantly supplied with maps, so strangers can locate the places named with ease... Every parish deserves this treatment. * Cornwall Archaeological Society Newsletter *
Fascinating, compelling and never patronising, this magnificent book is popular archaeology at its best. I cannot recommend it too highly. 10/10 * Fortean Times *

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