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Where are Yorkshire’s terps? Wetland exploitation in the early medieval period
Van de Noort, Robert
University of Exeter
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[FIRST PARAGRAPH] Where are the terps in Yorkshire, or for that matter where is any other evidence of exploitation of the wetlands in the early medieval period? Archaeological evidence remains largely elusive for the period between the early fifth and the late ninth century. Among the very few sites in wetland landscapes dated to this period are the settlement of York and the middle Anglo-Saxon bridge at Skerne in the Hull valley. Sites from the free-draining soils adjacent to wetlands are more frequent, and include a monastery (Beverley), settlements (e.g. Nafferton and North Frodingham), cemeteries (e.g. Hornsea, Burton Pidsea, Hessle, North Frodingham, Swine and Stamford Bridge) and various isolated finds (recently summarised in Van de Noort and Davies 1993).
Reproduced with permission of the publisher. © Oxbow Books, 2000.
In: Geake. H and Kenny, J., (eds), 'Early Deira: Archaeological studies of the East Riding in the fourth to ninth centuries AD'. Oxford: Oxbow Monographs: pp. 121-31.