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Cornwall’s Trans-Peninsular Route: Socio-Economic and Cultural Continuity across the Camel/Fowey Corridor

‘The Way of Saints’ from the Roman period to AD 700

Mark Borlase
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180 pages, Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. 7 tables, 168 figures.
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The Camel and Fowey rivers incise deeply into Cornwall, nearly meeting in the middle. This book is a landscape study of the Camel/Fowey corridor which forms a natural trans-peninsular portage route across Cornwall, avoiding circumnavigating the notoriously hazardous Land’s End sea route. The author investigates the effect this route had on society through micro- and macro settlement studies involving an extensive programme of geophysical analysis. This has generated fresh insight into the socio-economic and continuity dynamics of this part of Cornwall, together with the interaction between Romans and the indigenous population. The findings explore socio-political influences in the Roman period and cultural continuity into the post-Roman period.

Mark Borlase combines a family interest in history and archaeology with a personal interest in landscapes, environment, sailing and ecology. These interests led to a journey which began with an evening course in GCSE archaeology and culminated in a PhD from the University of Bristol.

‘An entirely original approach that has produced a fantastic amount of detail … a “tour de force” in how to deal with landscape archaeological surveys.’ Professor Stephen Upex, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents (B653_9781407354767_ToC.pdf, 110 Kb) [Download]

Introduction (B653_Borlase_9781407354767_Introduction.pdf, 250 Kb) [Download]