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Making Sense of an Historic Landscape$
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Stephen Rippon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533787

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533787.001.0001

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Arable cultivation and animal husbandry in the medieval period

Arable cultivation and animal husbandry in the medieval period

(p.241) 12 Arable cultivation and animal husbandry in the medieval period
Making Sense of an Historic Landscape

Stephen Rippon

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines preserved cereal remains and animal bones from medieval sites. It shows that in terms of medieval arable cultivation, a line can be drawn through the Blackdown Hills between areas to the west whose albeit unquantified charred cereal assemblages are characterized by diverse cropping regimes including significant amounts of oats, and those to the east that were more specialized being mostly dominated by wheat, but with barley particularly significant on the chalk downland, and rye on the Dorset heathlands.

Keywords:   land use, regional farming, farming practice, cereal assemblages, animal bones, wheat

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