English Heritage has a long tradition of producing high quality, well illustrated archaeological monographs about key sites and topics of importance to the understanding of the historic environment in England. Many of the past titles have long been out of print and yet are still of value for reference purposes. English Heritage is now making these titles available as ebooks (see the English Heritage Publishing catalogue for details) and as PDFs which can be downloaded for free from the ADS: English Heritage Archaeological Monographs archive page.
At present, the ADS holds 84 titles covering a wide range of subjects, periods and specialisms. Some of the country’s most iconic heritage sites are represented including Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall and York Minster and with subjects ranging from a Saxon bed burial to coastal fortifications; radiocarbon dating to an architectural history of English prisons, there’s plenty to explore!
Here are some of the ADS teams personal top picks:
Ray’s favorite is Yeavering: An Anglo-British centre of early Northumbria, by Brian Hope-Taylor.
Paul’s choice is England’s Coastal Heritage: A survey for English Heritage and the RCHME by Mike Fulford, Timothy Champion and A Long.
Georgie’s pick is Grimes Graves, Norfolk Volume I: Excavations 1971-72 by R. Mercer.
Katie’s favorite is Birdoswald: Excavations of a Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall and its successor settlements, 1987-1992, by Tony Wilmott.
Nostalgia seems to play a part in most of the ADS staff personal favourites, what’s your favourite?