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dc.contributor.authorOosthuizen, Susan
dc.contributor.editorFox, Harold
dc.contributor.editorGoose, Nigel
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-23 11:57:41
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-01T09:14:22Z
dc.date.available2020-04-01T09:14:22Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier1006741
dc.identifier.urihttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/23410
dc.description.abstractHow were the field boundaries created and cultivated by the farmers of prehistoric and Roman Britain transformed into the open fields of medieval England? Historians and archaeologists have posited a complete physical break between the field systems of Roman Britain and the common or open fields of medieval England. Susan Oosthuizen’s fascinating research into the landscape history of the Bourn Valley, just west of Cambridge (an area which has been intensively cultivated for at least the last 3,000 years), has uncovered preserved prehistoric field patterns in the medieval furlongs there – startling in the context of ‘champion’ England. If it were possible to unravel the relationships between pre-open-field and open-field boundaries in the Valley between about 600 and 1100 AD, then a significant step forward might be taken in our understanding of the origins of medieval open-field systems in general. We might begin to understand the processes by which the fields, woods and pastures that developed over the prehistoric millennia and during the Roman centuries were organised into the completely new landscape of the medieval open fields. The unexpected discovery of what appears to be an 8th- or 9th-century proto-open-field pattern seems to indicate a fossilising of the process of development from prehistoric to medieval fields, which Susan Oosthuizen seeks to explain by examining the social, administrative and political contexts within which these changes took place. The newly uncovered evidence allows Oosthuizen to propose a new model for the introduction of common fields in England. -
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::1 Geographical Qualifiers::1D Europe::1DB British Isles::1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain::1DBKE England::1DBKEA East Anglia::1DBKEAC Cambridgeshire
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBT History: specific events & topics::HBTB Social & cultural history
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HD Archaeology::HDD Archaeology by period / region
dc.subject.otherLandscape history
dc.subject.othermedieval agriculture
dc.subject.otherfield systems
dc.subject.otherCambridgeshire
dc.subject.otherarchaeology
dc.titleLandscapes Decoded
dc.title.alternativeThe origins and development of Cambridgeshire's medieval fields
dc.typebook
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy7d9f77cf-2dea-40b5-ad29-6a7bad274453
oapen.imprintUniversity of Hertfordshire Press
oapen.pages192
oapen.place.publicationHatfield
oapen.remark.public21-7-2020 - No DOI registered in CrossRef for ISBN 9781902806587
publisher.websitehttps://www.herts.ac.uk/uhpress/uh-press


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