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Garden Archaeology: Papers presented to a conference at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire, April 1988

A E Brown (Ed.)

CBA Research Report No 78 (1991)

ISBN 1872414 17 6


Title page of report 78

The purpose of this volume is to summarise the present state of Garden Archaeology and to take note of the way in which it had developed so rapidly in recent years. Hence the contributions on field survey linked with documentary work (nos 2 and 4), aerial photography (3) and garden buildings (11), which might be said to represent the original, fieldwork orientated, approach to the subject: but to which must now be added excavation, particularly as an aid to restoration, both in town and country, and work on environmental remains (nos 5, 7, and 8). The contributions also attempt to go beyond the enumeration of techniques and to look at changing philosophies in the archaeological approach to the study of gardens. Hence one of the field survey papers was in part at least an attempt to stand back from the details of individual surveys and attempt to consider the value of the rapidly increasing body of survey information as a whole (no 2). In the paper on parks (10), the benefit of collaborative understanding between field archaeology and botanists is shown. This volume benefits from the inclusion of some specially commissioned papers. The section on excavation has been expanded to include an account of recent important work at Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire (6). The role of ceramics in medieval garden management has been considered (9). Papers have been included on gardens in Scotland and Wales (12, 13, and 14) (also introducing new themes, 19th century ornamental landscapes and kitchen gardens, for example), as well as on the statutory background of the preservation of old gardens (6).


  • Title pages
  • Contents (p v)
  • List of figures (pp vi-vii)
  • List of tables (p viii)
  • List of contributors (p viii)
  • Abbreviations (p viii)
  • Editor's note (p ix)
  • Garden Archaeology - an introduction by C C Taylor (pp 1-5)
  • Field survey and garden earthworks by Paul Everson (pp 6-19)
  • Old gardens from the air by D R Wilson (pp 20-35)
  • Early gardens in Avon and Somerset by C J Bond and R Iles (pp 36-52)
  • Roman gardens in Britain by R J Zeepvat (pp 53-59)
  • Towards the restoration of a period garden by Brian Dix (pp 60-72)
  • Archaeology as an aid to restoration at Painshill Park, Surrey by Lesley Howes (pp 73-82)
  • The environmental archaeology of gardens by Peter Murphy and Robert G Scaife (pp 83-99)
  • Ceramics in the medieval garden by Stephen Moorhouse (pp 100-117)
  • The archaeology of parks - the wider perspective by J L Phibbs (pp 118-122)
  • Early buildings in gardens in England by Paul Woodfield (pp 123-137)
  • Garden Archaeology in Wales by C S Briggs (pp 138-159)
  • A review of the archaeological potential of the Haford landscape, Cardiganshire by Caroline Kirkham and C S Briggs (pp 160-174)
  • The state of garden archaeology in Scotland by Catherine H Cruft (pp 175-189)
  • The protection of historic gardens by Deborah Priddy (pp 190-191)
  • Index (pp 192)

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