The Transformation of Coastal Wetlands: Exploitation and Management of Marshland Landscapes in North West Europe during the Roman and Medieval Periods

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9780197262290: The Transformation of Coastal Wetlands: Exploitation and Management of Marshland Landscapes in North West Europe during the Roman and Medieval Periods

Coastal wetlands form some of the major landscapes in North West Europe, and a challenging environment for the communities that lived there. This is the first study of the human development of that landscape during the Roman and medieval periods. The use of the wetlands fluctuated in intensity: first the rich natural resources were harvested, then the environment was modified to increase agricultural productivity, and finally there was reclamation - wholesale landscape transformation. Dr Rippon draws on the wealth of archaeological and documentary evidence to examine the factors of time and place that governed the different strategies chosen. He reveals a range of socio-economic issues (proximity to centres of consumption, relations between lords and peasants, shifting patterns of agrarian wealth and innovation) that have significance far beyond the wetlands themselves.

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A tale of fascinating complexity and diversity ... The beauty of this book is the way in which it begins to dig out the regionality of landscapes, even where they appear to have so much in common. Its high standard points the way ahead for treatments of the other pays of Roman Britain ... It is refreshing to have the British evidence explored in a wider European context and the author deserves our congratulations for this very fine book. ( Britannia)

Cleary structured, well written and informative. The reviews of the various archaeological periods are packed with useful references ... This work will provide a valuable resource for a number of different academic disciplines, including wetland archaeology, palaeoecology and, more specifically, sea-level history. The work will also be of considerable use to conservation managers and other workers engaged in the protection and development of modern coastal wetlands. ( The Holocene)

A scholarly and meticulously researched thesis, lavishly illustrated with maps, photographs and diagrams. It draws together diverse strands of evidence from archaeology, history and palaeoecology; in the process again demonstrating how essential a multi-disciplinary approach is for the understanding of human activity at the coastal fringe. ( Antiquity)

Provides a useful summation of the present state of knowledge of the coastal wetlands in the Roman and medieval periods. ( Landscape History)

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