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H 210 x W 148 mm

214 pages

65 figures, 6 maps (36 plates in colour)

Published Dec 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789691115

Digital: 9781789691122

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Thurrock; Essex; London; Thames estuary; Ice Age; Roman Britain; Anglo Saxon; Tilbury School

Thurrock’s Deeper Past: A Confluence of Time

The archaeology of the borough of Thurrock, Essex, from the last Ice Age to the establishment of the English kingdoms

By Christopher John Tripp

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Thurrock’s Deeper Past: A Confluence of Time' looks at the evidence for human activity in Thurrock and this part of the Thames estuary since the last Ice Age, and how the river crossing point here has been of great importance to the development of human settlement and trade in the British Isles.



Introduction ;
Thurrock today ;
The stone crafters ;
The monument builders ;
The metal workers ;
Tribes and tribulation ;
Invasion ;
From ‘THE Britons’ to ‘THE English’ ;
Epilogue ;

About the Author

Thurrock was home to Chris Tripp for much of his early life. He attended St Chad’s Secondary Modern School in Tilbury and then Palmer’s Sixth Form College. After years spent in retail he became an archaeologist, graduating from the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) in 1986. He took up his first archaeological post in 1990 at the Passmore Edwards Museum, Plaistow, after which he worked for the Museum of London Archaeology Service and the Essex County Field Unit between 1995 and 2002. During this time he gained his masters degree in public archaeology at UCL. For the next four years Chris worked on various excavations and community archaeology projects including ‘The Dig’ for the Museum of London, and ‘The Big Dig’ for Time Team/Channel 4 among many others. Moving to Dorset in 2006, he continued in archaeology and, inter alia established the ‘Dorset Diggers Community Archaeology Group’ to bring people closer to their local archaeological heritage. It is in this spirit that he began research for this book in 1997, and his labours have been sustained by his passion for the past of his home borough of Thurrock and of the majestic Thames.