The lake-dwellings in Holderness, East Yorkshire, revisited: a journey into antiquarian and contemporary wetland archaeology.
Van de Noort, Robert
University of Exeter (Van de Noort)
Meetings and Proceedings
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
[FIRST PARAGRAPH] The story presented in this paper began in the 1880s with the discovery of five unusual wet sites in the low-lying region of Holderness, East Yorkshire, during drainage works: West Furze, Round Hill, Barmston Drain, Gransmoor and Kelk (fig 1). The changing interpretation of the significance of these wet sites, from contemporary local accounts to their 'expert' publication early in the twentieth century (Smith 791I), contributed to the tale of the Holderness lake-dwellings, echoing the then already famous lake-dwellings of the Alpine region and elsewhere in Europe (Keller 1878). The tale of the Holderness lake-dwellings survived more recent work intact, as excavators approached the sites without challenging the preconception of these being genuine lake settlements (eg Varley 1968).
Reproduced with permission of the publisher. Copyright © Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and individual auhtors, 2007. Details of the original publication are available at: http://www.socantscot.org/partnumber.asp?cid=14170&pnid=116854
In: Barber, J., et al. (eds). Archaeology from the Wetlands: recent perspectives: proceedings of the 11th WARP conference, Edinburgh 2005. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. pp. 313-322
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