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Urban Archaeology in Britain

John Schofield and Roger Leech (editors)

CBA Research Report No 61 (1987)

ISBN 0 906780 59 4


Title page of report 61

This volume of papers is a review of current work and research priorities in a number of areas of British urban archaeology. It is part of the research programme initiated by the CBA Research Committee following the Erosion of History (Heighway 1972) and two summary reviews of the decade of archaeological research which followed (CBA 1976; Schofield & Palliser 1981). The essays are divided into two groups: period surveys of the four main periods of urban archaeology, from the Roman to the post-medieval (ending c 1700); and topic surveys, dealing with eight individual aspects, all topographical in nature. The volume is prefaced by two general papers and concluded by a contribution on the study of pottery in towns as a link to and reminder of the artefactual analyses which are of equal importance but which are not dealt with here. Certain other topics, eg urban industry, were considered, but it was thought either that the time was not yet right for a cogent overview to be attempted, or that a sufficient review had been published recently. The main questions to be considered by the contributors were:

  • What are the main achievements in the topic addressed, and what were the research questions remaining; what do we wish to know, and how can archaeological excavation provide the answers?
  • Are there approved, or disapproved, methods of excavation or investigation which have become apparent?
  • How should resources be spread between towns to get the best kind of information?


  • Title pages
  • Contents
  • Illustrations
  • Contributors
  • Introduction
  • General surveys
    • 1. Recent approaches in urban archaeology by John Schofield
    • 2. The nature of urban deposits by M O H Carver
  • Period surveys
    • 3. The Roman period by M J Jones & J S Wacher
    • 4. The Saxon period by D Hill
    • 5. The medieval period by D Palliser
    • 6. The post-medieval period by P J Davey
  • Topic surveys
    • 7. Urban defences
      • (a) Roman by M J Jones
      • (b) Anglo-Saxon and medieval by C J Bond
    • 8. Urban castles by C Drage
    • 9. Roman public buildings by D F Mackreth
    • 10. Domestic buildings in Romano-British towns by D Perring
    • 11. Medieval domestic buildings by Julian Munby
    • 12. Medieval urban religious houses by Lawrence Butler
    • 13. Parish churches by Richard Morris
    • 14. Waterfront archaeology in British towns by Gustav Milne
    • 15. The study of pottery from urban excavations by Alan Vince
  • Summaries in French and German

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