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Iron Age Fen-Edge Settlement at Black Horse Farm, Sawtry, Cambridgeshire

Andrew A. S. Newton
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152 pages, Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. 35 tables, 45 figures, 10 colour plates, 10 graphs
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Black Horse Farm is situated on the Cambridgeshire fen-edge. During the Iron Age and early Romano-British period it occupied a low promontory reaching out into the surrounding wetland. This volume describes the archaeological excavation of the site and the Iron Age settlement and Romano-British activity that was recorded there. The wetland of the fen would have been a prominent part of everyday life at Black Horse Farm and the book examines the way in which the site’s inhabitants utilised and exploited it. Fluctuations between dry and damp conditions were also a prominent aspect of life at this marginal location and the later sections examine how the population responded to these conditions. The book examines themes including the organisation of space within the roundhouse, the role of ditches and banks as flood defences versus their social and defensive function, and offers alternative interpretations for some commonly observed features at contemporary sites.

Andrew A. S. Newton studied archaeology at the University of Bradford, carrying out an MPhil on the relationship between politics and archaeology at the same institution. He has worked for Archaeological Solutions since 2005, contributing to numerous post-excavation projects in East Anglia and the south-east of England. .

Contributors: Beta Analytic Inc., Jane Cowgill, Nina Crummy, Julia E. Cussans, Val Fryer, Andrew Peachey, Ruth Pelling, Carina Phillips, Rob Scaife and Maisie Taylor Illustrations:Kathren Henry, Charlotte Davies and Caroline George

‘This is a comprehensive and thorough report of a fascinating site. It adds to a growing knowledge of the Iron Age of Cambridgeshire and the fen-edge, facilitating the construction of a detailed understanding of prehistoric settlement and life in the region.’ Dr Jody Joy, Senior Curator (Archaeology), Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

‘Provides a detailed, well written and engaging introduction to the site, with a thorough overview of the fen edge environment the site sits within [and] a wealth of specialist information. … A surprisingly engaging read.’ Michael Bamforth, Project Manager, POSTGLACIAL project, University of York

Table of Contents (B640_9781407316574_ToC.pdf, 145 Kb) [Download]

Introduction (B640_9781407316574_Introduction.pdf, 1,069 Kb) [Download]