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304 pages

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Published Jun 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784918613

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Cornwall; Scilly; Gwithian; Tintagel; inscribed stones; post-Roman; early church; early medieval archaeology; bar-lug pottery

An Intellectual Adventurer in Archaeology: Reflections on the work of Charles Thomas

Edited by Andy M Jones, Henrietta Quinnell

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Charles Thomas (1928-2016) was a Cornishman and archaeologist, whose career from the 1950s spanned nearly seven decades. This period saw major developments that underpin the structures of archaeology in Britain today, in many of which he played a pivotal part.



Foreword – Caroline Dudley ;
Andy M Jones and Henrietta Quinnell – A miscellany of papers ;
Nicholas Johnson – Charles Thomas 1928–2016: The sixty-year archaeological adventure of a Cornish polymath ;
Andy M Jones – To the North Cliffs! ;
Roger Mercer – Looking at the Cornish Early Neolithic from all directions ;
Vanessa Straker and Thomas Walker – Gwithian’s environmental history: Landscape change and farming ;
Henrietta Quinnell – Before the Early Christian cemetery site on Lundy Island ;
Jacqueline A Nowakowski – Working in the shadows of the giants: Charles Thomas, Courtenay Arthur Ralegh Radford (and King Arthur) – past and current archaeological fieldwork at Tintagel, Cornwall ;
Charles Thomas† and Charles Johns – Archaeological investigations on Teän, Isles of Scilly, 1956 ;
Ewan Campbell and Adrián Maldonado – Charles Thomas in North Britain: A career in the making ;
Anna Tyacke – My memorial stone to Charles ;
Ann Preston-Jones – St Piran’s Cross: A Cornish Icon Re-considered ;
Thomas Goskar – A little less mute: 3D capture and enhancement of Cornwall's inscribed and decorated stones ;
Oliver Padel – The name of Annet (Scilly) ;
Peter Fowler – Deserted Settlement in an Antique land: Elements of a post-Roman field archaeology on le Causee Méjean, Languedoc, France ;
Martin Bell – Coastal Archaeology in South West England: Charles Thomas and other inspirations ;
Timothy Darvill – Lift up mine eyes unto the hills: Archaeology and the uplands ;
Nick Thomas – Antony Charles Thomas, the bard of Manton ;
Mary-Jane Mountain – Charlie: Excavations and archaeology at the University of Edinburgh 1957-1967. ;
Arthur ApSimon – Remembering… ;
Adrian Rodda and Christopher Knowles – Memories of the Gwithian excavations ;
Anna Lawson-Jones – ‘The weather’s fine! Do you fancy a trip to the flint fields?’ ;
John Gould – Charles Thomas and Church Archaeology in Cornwall: Reminiscences of a Diocesan Archaeologist ;
Adam Sharpe – Charles Thomas: Linguistic archaeologist ;
Freya-Lawson-Jones – From Gwithian to York: A short saga ;
Philip Marsden – End note: A man of letters ;
The Complete Bibliography of Charles Antony Thomas – compiled by Nicholas Johnson

About the Author

Andy Jones BA PhD FSA MCIfA is Principal Archaeologist with the Cornwall Archaeological Unit. His PhD focused on the Earlier Bronze Age barrow and monument complexes in Cornwall and South West Britain. His research interests include the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods, as well as the archaeology of the upland and coastal areas of western Britain. Significant publications include Settlement and Metalworking in the Middle Bronze Age and Beyond and Preserved in the Peat: an Extraordinary Bronze Age Burial on Whitehorse Hill, Dartmoor, and its Wider Context. He recently worked with Charles Thomas on the North Cliffs project.

Henrietta Quinnell BA FSA MCIfA was formerly Lecturer in Archaeology at the Department of Adult Education, Exeter University. Her acquaintance with the late Charles Thomas began in the late 1960s. She has worked in South West Britain ever since, is an authority on the prehistory of the region and has published extensively. She now works as a consultant for the region’s prehistoric ceramics.