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University of Wales, Newport
19 Kensington Place
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Adrian Chadwick (2010) Fields for Discourse: Landscape and Materialities of Being in South and West Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire during the Iron Age and Romano-British Periods. A Study of People and Place: PhD Thesis, University of Wales, Newport (2010) [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1000124
This slightly modified PhD thesis is an interpretative study of the rural landscapes and communities of Nottinghamshire and South and West Yorkshire during the Iron Age and Romano-British periods. It focuses on the regional evidence for inhabitation, much of it consisting of cropmarks of field systems and enclosures, which remained relatively unknown until the late 1970s. These landscapes and their inhabitants are still rarely discussed outside of the region, and have not previously been interpreted from a social perspective. This study utilises the results of aerial photographic studies and developer-funded investigations, many previously unpublished or only available as so-called 'grey literature'; and provides the first comprehensive gazetteer of this evidence.
This study assesses the current known extent of these enclosures and field systems, and suggests reasons for their development, physical layout and purpose. It extends and develops theories evolved in landscape archaeology, social geography, anthropology and critical social theory to write fine-grained histories for the people who once inhabited this region. The nature of everyday life, small-scale communities, field systems and boundaries, agricultural practices and daily routines, human-animal relations, depositional practice, consumption studies, Roman imperialism and 'Romanisation' are amongst the themes used to explore the evidence.