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Council for British Archaeology (2007) CBA Research Reports [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] (doi:10.5284/1000332)
ISBN 1 872414 24 9
This is the first of a proposed three volume series, reporting on six excavations carried out in Droitwich between 1967 and 1985. The town has been a centre for the large-scale production of salt from the Iron Age until the early part of this century. This industry was based on the brine springs of exceptional purity and strength that naturally occurred in the area of the town. This volume commences with a general introduction which considers some of the geological, technological, and economic aspects of the industry. The main evidence for salt production from these excavations dates to the late Iron Age. It consists of large tanks lined with clay and revetted by stakes and probably used primarily for the storage of brine. These tanks were also associated with hearths and vast quantities of briquetage. The size and arrangement of these structures indicate a well organised and large-scale industry.
In the concluding general discussion two major themes are examined: Iron Age and Roman salt production, and the development of the Saxon and medieval town. For the historic period discussion of the excavations is integrated with an outline of the documentary and topographical evidence. These themes form the major aspects of two excavations at the Old Bowling Green and Friar Street. The combination of a primary industrial resource which was exploited over many centuries and well preserved archaeological deposits, gives Droitwich considerable potential for research on the development of European industry.
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