Bodmin Moor: An archaeological survey: Volume 1

BookBodmin Moor: An archaeological survey: Volume 1

Bodmin Moor: An archaeological survey: Volume 1

The human landscape to c 1800

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June 30th, 2014

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Year-by-year encroachment in the 20th century for cultivation or tree-planting provided the stimulus for the most extensive survey ever undertaken of the archaeological monuments of Bodmin Moor, a previously little-disturbed landscape rich in surviving structural evidence of the many ways, from the Bronze Age to the post-medieval period, in which people settled and exploited the Moor and its surroundings. The survey is remarkable not only for the extent of the area examined, but also for the number of monuments newly identified in the course of the work Supplementing the survey text are detailed line drawings, plans, aerial photographs and large-scale maps.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half-Title Page2
Title Page3
Copyright Page158
List of illustrations5
List of tables7
List of abbreviations7
Summary 12
1. Introduction15
1 Setting and location15
2 Topography and climate16
3 Vegetational history17
4 Vegetation and land use change17
2. Survey logistics19
1 Background19
2 Aims19
3 Type and scale of survey19
4 Study area20
5 Organisation20
6 Summary of remains surveyed20
7 Survey statistics20
3. Survey methodology22
1 Introduction22
2 Air survey22
3 Field survey, RCHME25
4 Field survey29
4. The prehistoric landscape38
1 Long cairns38
2 Miscellaneous ritual monuments40
3 Standing stones, standing stones in cairns, stone settings43
4 Stone circles and stone rows45
5 Cairns48
6 Defended enclosures60
7 Prehistoric huts63
8 Settlements69
9 CAU survey area79
10 Discussion86
5. The historic landscape91
1 Introduction91
2 Context and colonisation91
3 Summer pasture94
4 Deserted medieval settlements97
5 Post-medieval buildings and settlements112
6 Fields, cultivation, and the organisation of the landscape114
7 Chronological summary of the main developments128
6. The future – scheduling, management and presentation130
1 Introduction130
2 Analysis130
3 Approaches to preservation130
4 Scheduling130
5 Management131
6 Presentation132
7 Conclusions132
Addendum 1994132
Appendix 1: Chronological summary of past archaeological work133
Appendix 2: Locations of cairns illustrated in Figs 23–26134