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Forty Years' Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire

Forty Years' Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire
Including Romano-British Discoveries, and a Description of the Ancient Entrenchments of a Section of the Yorkshire Wolds

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology

  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108081436


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About the Authors
  • A self-taught archaeologist, John Robert Mortimer (1825–1911) published this record of his excavations in east Yorkshire in 1905. A corn merchant and brewer by trade, he became fascinated by fossils and flint implements after a visit to the Great Exhibition in 1851, and paid local labourers for any finds they brought to him. From 1863, he began to dig in the Bronze Age barrows near his home in Driffield, as well as an Iron Age cemetery and some Anglo-Saxon burials. The book is notable for its skilful illustrations, by his teenage daughter Agnes. Although his understanding of stratigraphy was limited, Mortimer's recordings are full of detail, providing data on archaeological sites which were already under threat of unsystematic plunder. He was anxious that his collection should stay in the area: it was eventually accepted by the local authority, and remains a valuable archaeological resource.

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    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108081436
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
    • contains: 1153 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Index to barrows
    Part I. Description of the Barrows:
    1. The Towthorpe group
    2. The Wharam Percy group
    3. The Aldro group
    4. The Acklam Wold group
    5. The Hanging Grimston group
    6. The Painsthorpe Wold group
    7. The Garrowby Wold group
    8. The Calais Wold group
    9. The Riggs group
    10. The Fimber group
    10a. The Life Hill group
    11. The Garton Slack group
    12. The Driffield group
    13. The Huggate Wold group
    14. The Huggate and Warther Wold group
    15. The Blanch group
    Barrows not grouped
    Part II. Anglo-Saxon Remains, British Earthworks, Etc.: Anglo-Saxon remains at Londesborough
    British remains at Middleton
    Roman(?) remains at North Grimston
    British chariots
    Ancient entrenchments
    Ancient hollow-ways
    Habitation terraces
    Cultivation terraces
    Embankment crosses
    Tables of barrows, interments, and articles
    Sumamry of all the groups

  • Author

    J. R. Mortimer

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