Fenland Survey: An Essay in Landscape and Persistence
David Hall, John Coles
English Heritage, Jan 1, 1994 - Social Science - 170 pages
The Wessex Linear Ditches project focuses on the region forming the heart of the Wessex chalklands, and attempts to answer the question of the place of linear ditches in this prehistoic landscape. The report comprises three parts: a description of the archaeology and topography of the project, an analysis of the finds and environmental data, and a summary of the linear ditches and their context, with management approaches to their present day preservation. The results of the project to date show that the linear ditches system was developed through different stages, its function changing through time. These developments are seen to have a number of causes, including changes in demography and settlement which affected subsistence productivity, land ownership, and the scale of domestic production.
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activity Aerial photograph ancient archaeological artefacts axes barrow Billingborough bone Borough Fen briquetage burial Cambridgeshire canal Car Dyke cemetery century channel complex cropmarks debris deposits ditches drainage dryland early Bronze Age earthwork east enclosure evidence excavation Farm Feltwell Fen Causeway fen edge Fenland Fenland basin Fenland Project fields Flandrian flint flooding freshwater Godwin gravel Haddenham Hall forthcoming Hayes and Lane identified Iron Age island land landscape late Saxon Lincolnshire lithic lithic material lithic scatters Little Ouse major marine medieval ment Mesolithic middle Saxon mounds Neolithic Norfolk occupation peat peat fen Peterborough pits ploughed pollen potboiler sites pottery prehistoric probably recorded represent ridge river roddon Roman period saltern sand Sea Bank second millennium BC sediments sherds Shippea Hill silt fen siltland Silvester 1988a Silvester 1991 soils southern Fenland stone surface survived upland valley waterlogged western fen edge wetland Wissey woodland