contains no such evidence. The reviewer had
understood that Sonia Chadwick-Hawkes’ definitive
comprehensive discussion of the site was to be included, but
apparently this could not be found when her papers were handed
over to her literary executors after her death. And there are
other gaps in the Archive which suggest that it is not a
complete record of the work produced in Oxford during these
The publication says that four analytical chapters
prepared by Hawkes’ research assistant Guy Grainger had been
prepared for the volume but not included. The publication says
(p. 15) that these can be consulted in the Oxford Institute of
Archaeology so the reviewer visited the Institute. She was
shown, not completed chapters, but something that amounted to
research notes which is, apparently, all there is.
This is a sad story. It is particularly sad for the
handful of people still living in the Finglesham area who worked
in the field with Sonia, thought very highly of her and have
been waiting for forty years for this volume. The reviewer can
only direct them to the excellent part of the Introductory
chapter written by Keith Parfitt which includes a moving letter
written by Hawkes in 1957 to the then editor of Medieval
Archaeology in an attempt to get her work on the Finglesham
cemetery published. Parfitt usefully includes a list of all
Hawkes’ published work on the cemetery (p. 22). In Finglesham
we already had copies of all Hawkes’ published work; we were
hoping for something more.
Medieval Life on Romney Marsh: archaeological
discoveries from around Lydd. By Luke Barber. 45 pp. 150 x 210mm.
University College London Field Archaeology Unit and English Heritage,
2006 (paperback, Ł4.95). ISBN 1 86077 241 2.
This small volume presents the findings of serial
archaeological investigations carried out in advance of gravel
extractions since 1991 near Lydd on Romney (Walland) Marsh. It is
aimed at a non-specialist readership and is very attractively
produced. The text is clear and there are many photographs of the site
and finds, location maps, site plans and illustrations of artefacts.
There are also aerial views, artists’ reconstructions of the
landscape and buildings, and a reproduction of an historic map.
Some finds indicated exploitation of the resources of the
marshland near Lydd in the early Bronze Age and Roman periods. This
volume notes the apparent absence of reclamation and year-round
settlement near Lydd until the twelfth century. It then presents the
results of what was perhaps the most interesting period in the human
history of this rural location. There was a peak in activity in the
thirteenth century evidenced in the establishment of fields, one or
more buildings and enclosures.