Thurrock's deeper past : a confluence of time : the archaeology of the borough of Thurrock, Essex, from the last Ice Age to the establishment of the English kingdoms / Christopher John Tripp
- Tripp, Christopher John
- Oxford : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, 
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- Physical Description:
- vi, 199 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color), plans ; 21 cm
- Machine generated contents note: The stone crafters -- Ice Age Thurrock -- The handaxe makers -- From dry land to wet feet -- The Islanders -- Small tools -- big ideas -- High ground and fresh water -- A coastal people? -- Conclusions -- The monument builders -- The crop growers and pot makers -- Mucking -- a place to live -- The gatherings: enclosure or camp? -- Finds of flint -- Dead and buried, but not forgotten -- Cursus -- Henges -- Conclusions -- The metal workers -- Fire and trade -- The `Beaker Folk' -- Buried in the round -- The Middle and Late Bronze Age: the `warriors'? -- Fortified and other settlements -- Damn traffic -- Cowboys and Sodbusters -- A gateway to the world -- Some dodgy gear -- Pots and bones -- Conclusions -- Tribes and tribulation -- Iron Age Thurrock -- A bit of bad weather -- High Living -- `Totem' pole? -- Beastly driving -- Home and hearth -- Defended settlements or hill `forts'? -- Get orf my land! -- Ford popular -- `Just bury me in the garden' -- The Late Pre-Roman Iron Age in Thurrock -- Calm before the storm? -- Conclusions -- Invasion -- The Empire strikes -- Aquatic tactics -- Proto-A13? -- Romanisation? -- Romanised Thurrock -- House and home -- Industrial Thurrock -- the early years -- A dead cert -- The natives are revolting -- Pax Romana: The Romano-British -- The later Roman period -- Breakdown? -- From `THE Britons' to `THE English' -- Thurrock: kingdom of the East Saxons -- Grubby house or comfy dwelling? -- Mucking: background -- The cemeteries -- Mucking artefacts and examples -- Brooches -- Dress -- Knives -- Locks and keys -- Glass -- Beads -- Swords -- Francisca -- Buckets -- Significance and conclusions -- Into history -- Memories.
- Thurrock's Deeper Past: A Confluence of Time' looks at the evidence for human activity in Thurrock and this part of the Thames estuary since the last Ice Age, and how the river crossing point here has been of great importance to the development of human settlement and trade in the British Isles. It is a book about the archaeology of Thurrock. It takes in all periods and most of the sites which have been excavated in the borough of Thurrock over the last sixty or more years. The account opens at a time when Britain is still joined to the continent and the inhabitants are using flint tools and weapons. The author follows through the impact of the succeeding ages on the locality: the melting of the ice, the Neolithic period bringing the farming of crops and stockholding, the first appearance of worked metal in the Bronze Age, through the widespread use of iron in the Iron Age; and then the dramatic impact of Rome and its gradual dissolution to the English kingdoms whose traces are still recognisable today. All is set in the context of the author's lasting interest in the subject, first nurtured at his Tilbury school.
- 9781789691115 (pbk.) and 1789691117 (pbk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-199).
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