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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 127   2007 page 445

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survey records after that date. Those records, to use their familiar modern names, are Great Domesday (30 county entries) and Little Domesday (the remainder: Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, in greater detail and a rather different format). There is no attempt here to address directly broader issues of what Domesday might tell us about the England of 1086, or how it had changed since 1066, though the discussion of the texts raises many issues of how early Norman England was governed, the king’s relations with his leading men, and so on. There is also no special prominence given to Kent, except when Kent sources contribute information specially relevant to the conduct of the national survey. But in an autobiographical Preface, the author tells us that his original intention was to study the various Kent Domesday records prior to ‘mapping the evidence on to the actual landscape’. The present book has grown from what was first conceived merely as ‘a few pages’ of preliminary explanation to set the wider national context. It has done so largely because of Flight’s low opinion of previous historians’ efforts in this field, as is made clear on almost every page. Readers of this journal will be pleased to hear, though, that the Kent project is still in hand.


The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Finglesham, Kent. By Sonia Chadwick- Hawkes and Guy Grainger. 436pp. Many b/w illustrations and 26 b/w plates. Oxford University School of Archaeology: Monograph No. 64. 2006. Hardback. £28. 95 from Oxbow Books including p+p. ISBN 0-9549627-1-0.

At last we have the official publication of the report on the excavation of 216 sixth-and seventh-century graves carried out at the important Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Finglesham by Sonia Chadwick-Hawkes between 1959-1967. This included the re- excavation of some of the 38 graves previously discovered by William Stebbing and William Whiting in 1928-9. A detailed inventory of the graves excavated in the late twenties was published in 1958 but it has taken another forty years to publish fully the findings of the later excavation.
  The Finglesham report has been published with only minimal updating and editing and has been left substantially as ‘a product of its time’. The Introductory chapter written by Birte Brugmann and Keith Parfitt is the only text produced after the death of Sonia Chadwick Hawkes in 1999 for the report, in part financed from her own foundation and in part by English Heritage, and was largely ready for publication at this time. There seems to have been an unconscionable delay. The reviewer had been told a decade ago that this was because DNA testing was being carried out on some of the Finglesham remains, in Oxford, but the report

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