Remembered Places, Forgotten Pasts The Don Drainage Basin in Prehistory

Tim Cockrell, 2017

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Remembered Places, Forgotten Pasts The Don Drainage Basin in Prehistory

This dataset accompanies the publication: Cockrell, T. (2017) Remembered Places, Forgotten Pasts The Don Drainage Basin in Prehistory. Archaeopress. ISBN: 9781784917012


The broad aim of this book is to fill a major lacuna in the sequence of regional archaeologies of British prehistory. Regional prehistories are known from elsewhere including Cumbria, Lancashire, Northumberland, the Humberhead levels, the Midlands, and Derbyshire. The aforementioned are merely a representative selection of a widespread aspect of archaeological research.

However, the prehistory of the river Don drainage basin (including the modern regions of South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, as well as significant portions of Derbyshire and North Lincolnshire), has been largely overlooked, and no work of synthesis for this region exists to date before the Iron Age. The character of the landscape and environment, and how that changed over time, are important considerations that are integral to the approach taken in the interpretation, and helped to frame the chronological period to be investigated. The period that will be covered begins with the Early Mesolithic and ends with the close of the Bronze Age. I felt that this broad period would both be manageable in terms of data collection, and logical. This is partly due to the very different nature of the landscape prior to the Mesolithic, and the very different character of the archaeological dataset beyond the Bronze Age. Since a regional archaeology was to be undertaken, I decided that an opportunity presented itself to explore more fully than in earlier studies the parameters used to define study areas, and relate that to the interpretative approach to be used to answer the research question: Is it possible to detect senses of regional identity from within the study area, and how those senses of identity developed over the course of the study period?