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Westward on the high-hilled plains: the later prehistory of the West Midlands

Westward on the high-hilled plains: the later prehistory of the West Midlands

Hurst, J. D., editor

The West Midlands has struggled archaeologically to project a distinct regional identity, having largely been defined by reference to other areas with a stronger cultural identity and history, such as Wessex, the South-West and the North. Only occasionally has the West Midlands come to prominence, for instance in the middle Saxon period or, much later, with rural south Shropshire being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Yet it is a region rich in natural mineral resources, set amidst readily productive farmland and with major rivers, such as the Severn, facilitating transportation

Book. English.
Published Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Derek Hurst
ISBN: 1785704117, 9781785704116
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: x, 159 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (colour) ; 29 cm.
Series: The making of the West Midlands ; vol. 2
Subject: Great Britain History Roman period, 55 B.C.-449 A.D.; History.; Iron age England West Midlands.; Bronze age England West Midlands.; West Midlands (England) Antiquities.
Series Title: Making of the West Midlands ; vol. 2.


  1. Preface
  2. Summary
  3. Foreign language summaries
  4. 1. Introduction: Westward on the high-hilled plains
  5. Niall Sharples
  6. 2. Cows, beans and the view: landscape and farming of the West Midlands in later prehistory
  7. Elizabeth Pearson
  8. 3. 'The Bronze Age has lagged behind .'. Late Bronze Age settlement and landscape in the West Midlands
  9. Hal Dalwood?
  10. 4. Burnt mounds and beyond: the later prehistory of Birmingham and the Black Country
  11. Mike Hodder
  12. 5. Any more old Iron Age? An archaeological resource assessment for the Middle Bronze Age to Iron Age in Warwickshire and Solihull
  13. Stuart C. Palmer
  14. 6. Herefordshire: from the Middle Bronze Age to the later Iron Age
  15. Peter Dorling, Keith Ray and Paul White
  16. 7. Fugitive pieces: towards a new understanding of the later second and first millennia BC in Shropshire
  17. Andy Wigley
  18. 8. The Late Bronze Age and Iron Age in Staffordshire: the torc of the Midlands?
  19. Chris Wardle
  20. 9. Middle Bronze Age to Late Iron Age Worcestershire
  21. Derek Hurst
  22. 10. An overview of the ceramic basis within the broader West Midlands region
  23. Annette Hancocks
  24. 11. The potential of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and treasure finds for understanding the Iron Age in the West Midlands
  25. Angie Bolton
  26. 12. Later prehistoric production and trade in the West Midlands
  27. Derek Hurst
  28. 13. Touching the void: Iron Age landscapes and settlement in the West Midlands
  29. Andy Wigley
  30. Index