Here we list a selection of recent and not so recent publications dealing with aspects of the archaeology of the region. From time to time we will be adding to this list, so keep coming back!
General introductions to the archaeology of pre-Roman Britain, especially those aimed at the general reader, are a bit thin on the ground at the moment. The most recent account of the period is highly readable but perhaps not ideal for the beginner:
A little older, hence a little out-of-date, but probably an easier starting point, is:
The Archaeology of Cranborne Chase:
The best introduction is:
Also well worth looking at, and packed with detail, is:
Recent excavations of prehistoric sites on Cranborne Chase are reported on in detail in:
John Barrett, Richard Bradley & Martin Green (1991) Landscape, Monuments and Society: The Prehistory of Cranborne Chase (Cambridge University Press) [NB this has recently been reprinted]
And its companion volume, which deals mainly with the finds from the excavations:
The most recent excavations are described in:
Charles French, Helen Lewis, Michael J Allen, Martin Green, Rob Scaife & Julie Gardiner (2007) Prehistoric Landscape Development and Human Impact in the Upper Allen Valley, Cranborne Chase, Dorset (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge).
RCHME survey – both on the ground and from the air – is presented in:
As for local history, the obvious staring point is
Completed in 1953, it is very much of its time, but is not lacking in detail. Also highly recommended is
This has been republished many times over the years, with some interesting illustrated editions among the versions available. Hudson wrote about Martin (referred to in the book as ‘Winterbourne Bishop) and its surroundings using his own observations plus the recollections of locals, notably a shepherd named in the book as ‘Caleb Bawcombe’.
Neolithic Long Barrows
Three recent books complement each other nicely – two deals with the monuments themselves, the other with the evidence they contain for the people who built them and were buried within them:
Timothy Darvill (2004) Long Barrows of the Cotswolds and Surrounding Areas (Tempus, Stroud).
For the Damerham area itself, the following is recommended but has been out of print for some time:
There is plenty to choose from, although some of the best books are beginning to show their age. For the earliest Neolithic enclosures, see:
For the later Neolithic enclosures, recent books include:
Mike Pitts (2000) Hengeworld: life in Britain 2000BC as revealed by the latest discoveries… (Century, London) [NB there is a more recent paperback version of this].
Closely related to henge-type monuments are circles of stone and/or timber. The best introduction to these is:
A good, wide-ranging introduction to Bronze Age burial mounds (and one which also covers the earlier long barrows too) is:
A useful introduction to the varieties geophysical survey and their uses within archaeology. However, it has been suggested that the explanations are not quite as lucid as the back-cover blurb suggest.
The best introduction is still
Two more recent books bring aspects of the story a little more up to date:
The Damerham Project
- Project Outline
- The Damerham Site
- Site Timeline
- Dampney Long Barrow
- Pegasus Barrow
- The Circular Enclosures
- The Burial Mounds
- Further Reading
- The Flying Archaeologist