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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 127   2007 page 447

Book Reviews

Subsequently there was a move to pastoralism. Fishing was an important pursuit. Coin and pottery finds reflect local and more distant trade and the fact that some inhabitants did not live entirely by farming. The author points to the potential for comparative work on the surrounding towns. This small book reflects the interdisciplinary approach which characterises much research on Romney Marsh. The author discusses, for example, the consistencies and tensions between the historical and archaeological evidence for this area. Some of these result from a lack of historical sources for the thirteenth century as compared with later periods.
   Relatively large areas were exposed by topsoil stripping in advance of quarrying. This allowed very full investigation of a significant area of marshland reclamation and dispersed settlement. Study of the landscape over centuries also makes the Lydd work an important contribution to studies of human occupation elsewhere in England.
   Since this is a popular production it contains selected further reading rather than notes. This reading includes past monographs of the Romney Marsh Research Trust where the early Lydd work was published, and a forthcoming book by L. Barber and G. Priestley-Bell in which recent work will be reported in detail.


A Bronze Age Settlement at Kemsley near Sittingbourne, Kent. By M. Diak, with contributions from B. McNee, B. Scott and R. Bendrey. 70pp. Canterbury Archaeological Trust Occasional Paper 3, 2006, Heritage Marketing and Publications Ltd, 2006. Paperback, 13.95. ISBN 978-1-87054-509-9.

The report on excavations and watching briefs undertaken at Kemsley to the north-west of Sittingbourne describes evidence for an emergent agricultural landscape defined by ditches (and presumably also banks, hedges and fences) representing a formal field system of a type becoming increasingly recognised in the 2nd millennium BC. Habitation is indicated by two putative round houses. An extensive assemblage of mostly Middle and some Later Bronze Age ceramics associated with the features is described which provides a useful comparative corpus within the region. Regrettably there was no programme of environmental sampling to contextualise the features within their contemporary landscape and agricultural practices. The few identifiable bones of domesticates and a possible threshing floor contribute little to an understanding of the agricultural regime. Critically there is no radiocarbon dating framework which limits understanding of sequence and development of the formally laid out landscape and reduces the value of the ceramic assemblage. Lithics and some pottery indicate prior activity from the Mesolithic to the Early

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