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Rivenhall: investigations of a Roman villa, church and village, 1950-77 - Volume 2 Specialist studies and Index to Volumes 1 and 2

W J Rodwell and K A Rodwell

CBA Research Report No 80 (1993)

ISBN 1872414 10 9


Title page of report 80

This is the second and concluding report on the archaeology and topography of Rivenhall parish, Essex. Basic topographical, stratigraphic and structural evidence was presented in the first volume, together with an analysis and synthesis of the history of human activity in parish, from prehistoric to modern times. This appeared as CBA Research Report 55 (1985). The present volume is devoted to the technical and specialist studies which amplify the evidence already given, and which support the conclusions offered. No attempt is made here to describe or evaluate the contexts of archaeological finds, where these have already been considered in the main report; hence, frequent cross-referencing is given to volume 1. A general summary and chronological outline will be found at the beginning of that volume. Most of the basic study and analysis of the finds and thematic topics covered here was undertaken in 1977-78, although some revision and updating has been carried out subsequently. Administrative, financial and personal difficulties have all contributed to the unconscionable delay in the appearance of this report. It has also been necessary to revise the strategic approach to the publication of primary evidence, on account of the sheer bulk of data collected. A highly selective approach has had to be adopted for the publication of excavated finds relating to the Roman and medieval periods; and no more than a small fraction of the historical research carried out on the fields, manors and other properties of the parish could be included here. Comprehensive publication could have filled another two volumes.


  • Title pages
  • Contents (pp i-iii)
  • List of figures (pp iii-v)
  • List of plates (pp v-vii)
  • List of tables (p vii)
  • List of microfiche (pp viii-ix)
  • Introductory note and acknowledgements (pp ix-x)
  • 7. Structural materials and decoration (p 1)
    • 1. The fabric of the Roman villa by K A Rodwell (pp 1-5)
    • 2. The fabric of the church and associated buildings by K A Rodwell and W J Rodwell (pp 5-17)
    • 3. Funerary monuments by Lawrence Butler and Warwick Rodwell (pp 17-26)
  • 8. Loose artefacts from the excavations (p 27)
    • 1. Objects of copper alloy by J P Northover and Warwick Rodwell (pp 27-41)
    • 2. Objects of iron by K A Rodwell (pp 42-49)
    • 3. Objects of lead and pewter by K A Rodwell (p 50)
    • 4. The coins by Richard Reece (pp 50-51)
    • 5. The worked flint by Elizabeth Healey (pp 52-53)
    • 6. Vessel glass by N P Wickenden (pp 54-56)
    • 7. Miscellaneous loose finds by K A Rodwell (pp 57-60)
    • 8. The pottery by N Brown, W J Rodwell and P J Dury (pp 60-95)
  • 9. Environmental and technical studies (p 96)
    • 1. The human skeletal material by T P O'Connor (pp 96-102)
    • 2. The animal bone by Rosemary M Luff (p 102)
    • 3. The evidence for industrial activity by Justine Bayley (pp 102-103)
    • 4. The radiocarbon determinations and their significance by Warwick Rodwell (pp 103-104)
  • 10. Landscape analysis (p 105)
    • Introductory note by Warwick Rodwell (p 105)
    • 1. The place-names of Rivenhall parish by Margaret Gelling (pp 105-108)
    • 2. Rivenhall Park by Warwick Rodwell (pp 108-120)
    • 3. The Rivenhall woods by Oliver Rackham (pp 120-126)
    • 4. The hedge rows of Rivenhall parish by Michael D Astor (pp 126-129)
    • 5. Fields and land parcels in Rivenhall parish by Warwick Rodwell (pp 129-132)
    • Notes (pp 132-133)
  • 11. Secular and ecclesiastical property (p 134)
    • 1. Manors, Farms and Tenements by Warwick Rodwell (pp 134-177)
    • 2. Ecclesiastical property by Warwick Rodwell and G E Sheldrick (pp 177-184)
  • Notes (pp 184-190)
  • Addendum to volume 1 (pp 191-194)
  • References (pp 195-202)
  • Plates (pp 203-246)
  • Index to volumes 1 and 2 by Lyn Greenwood (pp 247-261)

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