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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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Regional variation in landscape character during the late prehistoric and Roman periods

Regional variation in landscape character during the late prehistoric and Roman periods

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(p.287) 14 Regional variation in landscape character during the late prehistoric and Roman periods
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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/9780199533787.003.0014

This chapter examines how the Blackdown Hills appear to have marked not just a boundary in landscape character but in the nature of society as a whole. The study area lay within two Iron Age tribal areas and Roman civitates: those of the Dumnonii to the west of the Blackdown Hills and the Durotriges to the east. In both the Iron Age and Roman periods, very clear differences in material culture are observed alongside variations in the physical character of the landscape, most visibly the degree of Romanization. In the Iron Age there are also clear differences either side of the Blackdowns reflected in material culture, burial practices, and the nature of settlements. The Late Bronze Age is poorly understood in the South West, but it can be tentatively suggested that this regional variation in landscape character may have originated in the Middle Bronze Age or even earlier.

Keywords:   Romano-British landscape, Iron Age, tribal areas, Roman civitates, material culture, Blackdown Hills, landscape character

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