Peter Fowler has written an authoritative account of farming in Britain in the first millennium AD. This is the first synthesis of our knowledge on this topic for a generation. Successive chapters assemble and analyse the latest evidence on farms, fields, technology, food, diet and society. New interpretations are offered on subjects ranging from implements to illuminated manuscripts, and evidence drawn from Northern England, Scotland and Wales contributes significantly to the story. The book concludes with a magisterial review of the ways in which agriculture shaped early Britain's societies and landscapes. It also proposes a chronological model of British agriculture for the whole millennium.Read more
- The first synthesis of the topic for 30 years
- Concludes with a review of the outcomes of farming, and a chronological model of British agriculture in the first millennium AD
- A significant contribution to the understanding of environmental issues and new interpretations on numerous matters, e.g. implements, illuminated manuscripts, chronology
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'… a welcome sequel to Peter Fowler's (1983) classic earlier work, The Farming of Prehistoric Britain … A particular strength is the discussion of hunter-gatherer strategies in a world of farmers, with effective case studies …' AntiquitySee more reviews
'… the read becomes compulsory … the author succeeds in his intention to provide a survey, especially welcome for its British perspective, aimed at general readers and students, and it is written in a way that should stimulate further reading … The book will continue to be used and argued about for a considerable time.' Landscape History
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- Date Published: November 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521890564
- length: 412 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 173 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.65kg
- contains: 46 b/w illus. 6 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The first millennium
9. Ards and ploughs
12. Food and diet
13. An agrarian society
14. Farming in the first millennium.
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