By David Hall
(Shire, Paperback, 9780852635995, 56pp.)
Publication Date: November 23, 2010
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Medieval fields have been studied by historians, historical geographers and archaeologists for well over a century, and yet very few accurate accounts are readily available. David Hall gives a detailed insight into the characteristic components of medieval fields, techniques of archaeological fieldwork that have revolutionized their study, and the multidsciplinary approach to pinpointing their origins.
David Hall read chemistry at Oxford University, and a career in research chemistry followed, but he actively pursued his interests in local history and archaeology. He undertook excavations in the 1960s although archaeological fieldwork developed as his main interest. In 1976 he took up a post in Cambridge for the Cambridgeshire Archaeological Committee and the Department of the Environment, with responsibility for recording the archaeology and landscape of the Fens.
"This archeological survey of the medieval fields of England by David Hall, British archeologist and historian, contains a concise review of the character and terminology of the classic type or ‘Midland System’ of fields during the period. He reports on the layout, complexity, and operation of the open field plans, methods of their reconstruction, and the changes that took place later in this period." -Marilyn K. Alaimo, www.chicagobotanic.org