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Strip Lynchets

  • C. C. Taylor
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The study of strip lynchets is one which has been sporadically carried out by many people for the last 70 to 80 years. Recently there has been an increase of interest in this field with the result that much more is now known about their purpose and construction. However all this work has not produced any general agreement on their date. There is no dispute that they were cultivated in the medieval period, but while some workers have seen them as medieval, others have suggested their origins lie in the Roman or Iron Age period.

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[1] Bowen, H. C., Ancient Fields (British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1961).

[2] antiquity, 1965, 279–90.

[3] V.C.H. Wilts, 1, pt. 1, (1957); R.C.H.M.(Eng.), Dorset, 11, III and iv, forthcoming; Bowen, H. C. and Fowler, P. J., Romano-British Rural Settlements in Dorset and Wiltshire, C.B.A. Research Report 7, (1966), 43 .

[4] V.C.H. Wilts, I, pt. 1, 108.

[5] W.A.M., 59, 1964, 186 .

[6] antiquity, 1953, 20.

[7] Bowen, op. cit., 36–7; Procs. West Cornwall F.C., II, 1960–1, 20015 .

[8] R.C.H.M.(Eng.), Dorset, in, forthcoming.

[9] Bowen and Fowler, [3], addenda.

[10] R.A.F. Vertical Air Photograph, CPE/UK 1952: 4057.

[11] Grimes, W. F., Defence Sites, I, 1958 , fig. 57; R.C.H.M.(Eng.), A Matter of Time (1960), 1213 .

[12] R.C.H.M.(Eng.), Dorset, 11, forthcoming.

[13] Ant, J., XIII, 1933, 10951 ; Arch. Ael., 4th ser., xx, 1942, 121 ; R.C.A.M., (Scot.) Roxburgh, 1, 1956, 489 , and 11, 1956, monuments 675 and 748; Procs. Soc. Ants. Scot., LXXIII, 1938, 28931 5.

[14] W.A.M., 57, 1960, 333 .

[15] antiquity, 1931, 351–4.

[16] Procs. Soc. Ants. Scot., LXXIII, 1938, 289315 .

[17] Procs. Hants. F.C. and Arch. Soc., XIII, pt. 2., 1937–8, 188207 .

[18] E.H.R., LIII, 1938, 385411 .

[19] Crawford, O. G. S. and Keiller, A., Wessex from the Air (1928), 124 , 128, 131–7, 140–1, plates XIX, XXIb and XXII; W.A.M., 57, 1962, 98115 ; 58, 1963, 342–8; and 60, 1965, forthcoming.

[20] R.C.A.M.(Scot-), Roxburgh, 1, monument 351 and plate 29.

[21] E.g. Bowen, , [1] plate iv; W.A.M., 17, 1878, 296 ; Celticum, VI, 1963, 242 and fig. 4.

[22] V.C.H. Wilts., 11, 1955; Domesday Book, nos. 481, 504, 512.

[23] V.C.H. Wilts., IV, 1959, 912 , 121, 123 and 129.

[24] V.C.H. Wilts., IV, 1959, 3013 , 310–2.

[25] Cal. Charter Rolls, v, 1341–1417, 435 .

[26] Wilts. I.P.M., Henry III-Edward II, (1908), 256 ; P.R.O. E/32/198/13, 13d, 14 and E/32/119/2d, 11.

[27] Cal. Inq. Misc., IV, 1377–88, 85–6, no. 146.

[28] Domesday Book, 1, f78bi.

[29] P.R.O. E/179/103/5.

[30] Meekings, C. A. F., Dorset Hearth Tax Assessments, 1662–4]] (1951), 87 .

We published recently an article, ‘British Strip Lynchets’ by a geographer, J. W. Macnab ( ANTIQUITY , 1965, 279), which has aroused much interest and critical comment among archaeologists. In this article the case against Mr Macnab is presented and a summary given of the archaeological evidence for the dating of strip lynchets. Mr Taylor, himself trained as a geographer, is now on the staff of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England), and works in the Commission's office in Salisbury. We asked Mr Macnab to comment briefly on Mr Taylor's article, and we print this rejoinder on p. 283.

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