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H 290 x W 205 mm

220 pages

72 figures, 18 tables (colour throughout)

Published Oct 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803270845

Digital: 9781803270852

DOI 10.32028/9781803270845

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Environment; Geoarchaeology; Archaeological Science; Coastal Archaeology; Intertidal Archaeology; Lived Landscapes; Mobility; Rewilding

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Environment, Archaeology and Landscape: Papers in honour of Professor Martin Bell

Edited by Catherine Barnett, Thomas Walker

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Dedicated to Martin Bell (University of Reading), this book outlines how wetland and inland environments can be related and investigated using multi-method approaches. Papers fall under three themes: coastal and intertidal archaeology; mobility and human-environment relationships; heritage resource management, nature conservation and rewilding.



Editors’ foreword ;
Editors’ acknowledgements ;

Martin Bell: a personal appreciation – Mike Walker ;

Bishopstone, Sussex ;


Mesolithic footprints – a protocol ;

Chapter 1: Battling the tides: the Severn Estuary wetlands during the prehistoric, Roman and medieval times – Stephen Rippon ;

Footprints at Goldcliff, Severn Estuary ;

Chapter 2: Walking beside our ancestors – Kirsten Barr ;
Chapter 3: Prehistoric activity on the Atlantic coastline: Westwood Ho! submerged forest – Michael J. Grant, Scott Timpany, Fraser Sturt and Alice de Vitry d’Avaucourt ;
Chapter 4: Humans and their environment during prehistory at Gwithian, Cornwall – Thomas Walker ;
Chapter 5: From coast to coast: recent palaeoecological investigations of submerged forests and intertidal peats at two coastal sites in the UK – Scott Timpany ;
Chapter 6: Neolithic and Bronze Age landing places in Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia – Richard Bradley ;
Chapter 7: The Sørenga D1A borehole site, Oslo Harbour, Norway: a multi-analytical geoarchaeological and palaeoenvironmental approach – Johan Linderholm, Richard Macphail, Jan Bill, Grethe Bukkemoen, Samuel Ericson, Sofi Östman and Roger Englemark ;


Martin in the field ;

Chapter 8: Hidden landscapes and lost islands – researching Somerset’s coastal wetlands – Richard Brunning ;

Brean Down, Somerset ;

Chapter 9: The Early-Middle Holocene of the River Parrett, Somerset: geoarchaeological investigations 2006-2011 – Keith Wilkinson, John Athersuch, Rob Batchelor and Nigel Cameron ;
Chapter 10: Drylands and wetlands; soils, sediments and snails – Michael J. Allen ;

Fieldwork in the Kennet Valley ;

Chapter 11: The Kennet Valley Predictive Mapping Project: contributions to development control, heritage management and nature conservation – Catherine Barnett, Michael J. Grant, Jonathan Last and Sarah Orr ;
Chapter 12: The lumpy outdoors: moving through landscapes and weather-worlds – Jim Leary ;

Excavations at marden, Wiltshire ;


Martin’s dress ;

Chapter 13: Translating geoarchaeology into geo-itineraries – Rowena Banerjea ;
Chapter 14: 30 years of discovery, conservation and management of cultural heritage of England’s wetlands – Jen Heathcote [Open Access: DOI: 10.32028/9781803270845-ch14] ;
Chapter 15: Wildwood, wood-pasture and rewilded woods: palaeoecological perspectives from ancient woodland – Petra Dark ;

Experimental earthworks and buildings ;

Chapter 16: Environmental archaeology and the wilding conundrum – Terry O’Connor ;
Chapter 17: Using experimental archaeology at Butser Ancient Farm to interpret the cultural formation processes of ancient metalworking – Chris Speed ;

Butser ancient farm, HampshireFergus Milton ;

Chapter 18: Footprints in the mind: a legacy of public engagement through 181 the Living Levels Project – Alison Offord ;

Personal reflections ;

Bibliography of Martin Bell ;

Television programmes ;


About the Author

Catherine Barnett is a senior visiting research fellow, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, investigating UK prehistoric landscapes; an IMAA workshop co-organiser and former codirector of the Silchester Environs project. She uses archaeological science techniques to examine human involvement in and responses to landscape-scale change. She is a technical director at Stantec, leading a multi-disciplinary team in pursuit of sustainable global design solutions. ;

Thomas Walker studied archaeology as a mature student at the University of Reading, gaining a BSc in 2010 and PhD in 2015. He is the author of The Gwithian Environment; molluscs and archaeology on Cornish sand dunes (Archaeopress, 2018). His current interests are in molluscs in archaeology. He regularly assists Martin Bell in his excavations and research, particularly at Goldcliff in the Gwent Levels.


'This volume therefore provides interesting and important new data and perspectives on a range of subjects, both technical and more theoretical. Importantly, the volume reminds us all of the immense value of our mentors and colleagues like Martin, who nourish our careers and enrich our lives.' – Jane Sidell (2022): The Prehistoric Society, June 2022

Organising a book around the career of a researcher is an effective way of getting a cross-section of research in a specific field. It may not be a book that the average reader will read cover to cover; neither is it one that provides a complete overview of landscape archaeology and environmental change (however, this is not the aim of the book). It is a book for anyone who wants to know more about the work of Martin Bell and the field he has contributed to so much to over the past five decades; and for collaborators of Bell to reminisce about joint efforts and enjoy the, often touching, memories and anecdotes from his collaborators throughout the book.’ – Alice Milner (2022): The Holocene, DOI: 10.1177/0959683622109469