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on 28 March 2015
I was recommended this book by an archaeologist, as one of a list of books to introduce me to field and landscape archaeology. Having read other books on technique and research, digs and landscapes, this was a disappointment. It starts of by saying what it isn't, ie it isn't about grand archaeological sites and vistas of pyramids which I can appreciate, but it is very much about the twists and turns of land ownership, use and manipulation by humans over the history of agriculture and urbanisation. It is a very narrow view of particular parts of England, with brief to negligible mention of areas outside the borders of England like Wales, and Scotland where people would have behaved and used the land very much as the English, but this seems to matter or mean less than activity in England. This despite the fact that evidence of land use and enclosure is still extant in these "peripheral" areas because urban sprawl hasn't overtaken them yet. I would heartily recommend that this book is updated with more mention of the whole countryside, rather than the bit in the south and east.