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H 174 x W 245 mm

382 pages

130 figures, 7 tables (colour throughout)

Published Apr 2024

Archaeopress Archaeology

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Paperback: 9781803275352

Digital: 9781803275369

DOI 10.32028/9781803275352

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Keywords
English Landscape; Wessex; Landscape Evolution; Economic History; Landscape Management; Environmental Conservation

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Wessex: A Landscape History

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Wessex is famous for its coasts, heaths, woodlands, chalk downland, limestone hills and gorges, settlements and farmed vales. This book provides an account of the physical form, development and operation of its landscape as it was shaped by our ancestors. Major themes include the development of agriculture, settlements, industry and transport.

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Contents

Preface: Mesolithic, Malthus and mangelwurzels

 

Introduction: Where and what is Wessex?

 

Chapter 1: The region that is Wessex

 

Chapter 2: Utilisation of natural resources

 

Chapter 3: Environmental governance and change

 

Chapter 4: Floodplains, levels and marshes

 

Chapter 5: The Vales

 

Chapter 6: More than just calcium carbonate and grass?

 

Chapter 7: Heathland and upland moorland

 

Chapter 8: Woods and forests

 

Chapter 9: Between two seas

 

Chapter 10: Landscape, value and change

 

Index

About the Author

Hadrian Cook started out as a geologist and soil scientist, and now teaches and writes on landscape-based subjects including environmental policy and history. He has served on the full-time academic staff of the University of London, at Wye and Imperial Colleges, and on the staff of Kingston University London, and has worked as an independent environmental consultant specialising in river catchment management. Hadrian currently works in adult and community education and is on the committee of the Society for Landscape Studies. As Trustee for the Harnham Water Meadows Trust, Salisbury, he works as the ‘drowner’ of these famous water meadows.