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Medieval Industry

D W Crossley (editor)

CBA Research Report No 40 (1981)

ISBN 0 906780 07 1


Title page of report 40

The spread of topics discussed in the following pages forms apt comment on certain achievements and problems in medieval archaeology. There has been, for example, no difficulty in securing contributions in the fields of ceramics or glass, metal smelting and smithing, or milling. Metal smelting and grain milling logically extended to the early use of power. Yet both in planning and in retrospect there are fields where further work is seen to be necessary, such as textile manufacture. It was decided that here, in present circumstances, there was much to be said for setting out with a contribution on the major raw materials, wool, as a basis for future discussion of processes in which it was used.


  • Title pages
  • Contents (p v)
  • Editor's Introduction (p vii)
  • Medieval milling by P A Rahtz (pp 1-15)
  • British medieval sheep and their wool types by M L Ryder (pp 16-28)
  • Medieval iron smelting by D W Crossley (pp 29-41)
  • The medieval smith and his methods by R F Tylecote (pp 42-50)
  • The medieval blacksmith and his products by Ian H Goodall (pp 51-62)
  • The medieval bronzesmith and his products by Alison R Goodall (pp 63-71)
  • Lead mining and smelting in medieval England and Wales by I S W Blanchard (pp 72-84)
  • The archaeological potential of the Devon tin industry by T A P Greeves (pp 85-95)
  • The medieval pottery industry and its markets by S A Moorhouse (pp 96-125)
  • The production of brick and tile in medieval England by P J Drury (pp 126-142)
  • The medieval glass industry by J R Hunter (pp 143-150)
  • Some concluding reflections by D J Keene (pp 151-153)
  • Index compiled by R J Dowe (pp 154-156)

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