Hidden Landscapes of the Forest of Dean
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        15 Jun 2019


        Brings together over 10 year worth of archaeological research into the Forest of Dean.

        Main Summary

          The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, between the rivers Severn and Wye where England meets Wales, is known chiefly for its post-medieval industrial heritage. This book seeks to tell the story of its pre- and early history through written sources and archaeology. It builds on existing summaries, such as Hart’s Archaeology in Dean (1967) and Walters’ Ancient Dean and the Wye Valley (1992), but also incorporates historical and archaeological research undertaken in the late 20th and early 21st century, in particular Gloucestershire County Council Archaeology Service’s Forest of Dean Archaeological Survey. This included aerial imaging using lidar technology which revealed for the first time many archaeological sites and landscapes previously obscured by woodland. Although the majority of archaeological sites in the Forest of Dean are still to be investigated and their dates and status are not known for certain, this book sets out a considerable amount of new information which should promote debate and encourage further investigation into the Forest’s archaeology.

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          Jon Hoyle

          Author Information

          Jon Hoyle is an archaeologist with Gloucestershire County Council Archaeology Service. Between 2002 and 2011 he directed the Forest of Dean Archaeological Survey which investigated aspects of the Forest’s archaeology and particularly those parts hidden by the extensive tracts of woodland in the area.

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            1. The Forest of Dean

            2. The earlier prehistoric periods: Palaeolithic to Neolithic

            3. The later prehistoric periods: Bronze Age to Iron Age

            4. The Roman period

            5. The Medieval period

            6. Industry and trade from the prehistoric to the early post-medieval periods

            7. Management of archaeological sites in the Forest of Dean

            8. What has the project achieved and what is there still to do?