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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 Roman period

Arable cultivation and animal husbandry in the Roman period

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(p.263) 13 Arable cultivation and animal husbandry in the Roman period
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Making Sense of an Historic Landscape
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Stephen Rippon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533787.003.0013

This chapter examines preserved cereal remains and animal bones dating from the Roman period. It concludes that: in the Roman, middle medieval, and post-medieval periods there were marked regional variations in farming practice across the different pays of the study area; certain districts have consistently had the same distinctive patterns of agriculture, and this tends to be where the geology leads to soils that impose particular constraints upon agriculture; and while some distinctive agricultural practices show continuity from the Roman through to the medieval period, others do not.

Keywords:   land use, regional farming, farming practices, regional variations, Blackdown Hills

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