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Interpreting the Landscape: Landscape Archaeology and Local History [Paperback]

Michael Aston
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27 Nov 1985
Most places in Britain have had a local history written about them. Up until this century these histories have addressed more parochial issues, such as the life of the manor, rather than explaining the features and changes in the landscape in a factual manner. Much of what is visible today in Britain's landscape is the result of a chain of social and natural processes, and can be interpreted through fieldwork as well as from old maps and documents.
Michael Aston uses a wide range of source material to study the complex and dynamic history of the countryside, illustrating his points with aerial photographs, maps, plans and charts. He shows how to understand the surviving remains as well as offering his own explanations for how our landscape has evolved.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (27 Nov 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415151406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415151405
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 19 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Aston is Professor of Landscape Archaeology in the Department for Continuing Education, University of Bristol. He is the archaeological consultant and Team Leader of Channel 4's 'Time Team', and is involved with various other television projects.

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When you are approaching retirement like me, more time can be devoted to things that up till then have only been a too small glimpse/past time. Although I have only managed a brief thumb through this book, I can already appreciate it's value when intending to become more involved in this field.

It also highlights what a great loss Mick Aston is to Archaelogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 30 Jan 2013
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Written when he was still Michael, this is a classic of Landscape Archaeology. Written in a pleasing casual style, he really conveys an enormous of information in a relatively small volume. Worth it's weight in gold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift 2 Feb 2014
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my husband found this book very interesting. Started reading it and couldn't put it down. Has recommended it to his metal detecting friends.
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