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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 127   2007 page 446

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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 years.
   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.

CHRISTINE GRAINGE

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.

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