H 276 x W 203 mm
45 figures, 1 table (2 figures in colour)
Published Oct 2021
Drying kilns, corn-dryers and malting ovens are familiar features in post-Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval archaeology, yet few works of synthesis are available. Robert Rickett's pioneering dissertation is published here for the first time, with additional material from Mark McKerracher which sets the work within the context of more recent studies.
‘Overall, this is a fascinating and valuable study for which the author, editor and publisher are to be congratulated for making so widely available.’ – Stephen Rippon (2022): Medieval Archaeology, 66/1, 2022
'There is no up to date overview of medieval kilns for England or Scotland. I can only hope that future researchers will build on Rickett’s work, by creating a national database and adding to this the growing number of drying kilns discovered each year. This would then facilitate research and help reveal chronological changes in the distribution, prevalence, and function of these kilns in relation to the changing environmental and socio-political climate of each period and region, and thus help identify more clearly the role these structures played in the agricultural realities of the people living in the British Isles.' – Marijke van der Veen (2023): Agricultural History Review