Charting a decade of intensive fieldwork along a 2km stretch of the Colne Fen, Earith fen-edge, the scope of these books is formidable and together they include the work of 65 contributing specialists (with a foreword by Ian Hodder). The fieldwork involved innovative methodologies, and groundbreaking scientific and micro-sampling studies are presented within the volumes. Portions of text are, moreover, avowedly experimental (e.g. intertextuality and antiquarian-informed perspectives) and it explores the long-term interplay of landscape process and (proto-) historicism. Appropriate to the practice of a comparative archaeology and the `challenge of numbers', throughout emphasis is given to multiple-scale settlement and spatial/distributional analyses.
The scale of Volume II- the `Roman book' - is even more daunting. Aside from including reports of earlier local excavations, it is primarily concerned with two major `set-piece' sites. The one, Langdale Hale, was a mass-production supply farm; the other, The Camp Ground, a great inland barge-port settlement linked to the Car Dyke canal. Both reflect upon the potential role of the state and address crucial issues of `Romanization', with facets of their sequences markedly contrasting with the Stonea-engendered Fenland Imperial Estate model. Besides uniquely detailing the character of the settlements' Late Roman usage (involving terpen-like mounds and raised `platformed' structures) and trade connections, the port-site's aftermath is also discussed as an important assemblage of Anglo-Scandinavian bonework was recovered. To provide further immediate-landscape context, the results from neighbouring sites also
feature, including an important Late Roman cemetery at Knobbs Farm, Somersham.
Publisher: Cambridge Archaeological Unit
Number of pages: 534
Weight: 2155 g
Dimensions: 282 x 216 x 33 mm