Taylor, C. C. (1972). Medieval moats in Cambridgeshire. In: n.e. Archaeology in the Landscape. pp. 237-249.

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Medieval moats in Cambridgeshire
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Archaeology in the Landscape
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237 - 249
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Problems relating to the identification of moated sites and reasons for their construction are examined on the basis of 270 moats in Cambridgeshire outside the Isle of Ely. Identification involved detailed fieldwork since four examples only had been excavated and maps and documents proved either inadequate or misleading. About 70% of moats were in valleys, usually in the beds of streams; 12% were on level but wet ground, while those perched on valley sides were fed from diverted streams. Distribution extended over the whole county save the chalk uplands. Moats isolated from villages tended to be confined to former forest areas which, in spite of place-name evidence, were probably cleared before moat construction in 12th-14th centuries. Drainage, defence and the provision of a water supply are rejected as prime causes of moat construction in favour of social reasons such as the prestige value of a moated house. H E J L P
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C C Taylor
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1972
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Moat (Auto Detected Subject))
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Medieval (MIDAS)
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05 Dec 2008