Winchester: Swithun’s ‘City of Happiness and Good Fortune’: An Archaeological Assessment .

This critical assessment of the archaeology of the historic city of Winchester and its immediate environs from earliest times to the present day is the first published comprehensive review of the archaeological resource for the city, which as seen many major programs of archaeological investigation. There is evidence for activity and occupation in the Winchester area from the Palaeolithic period onwards, but in the Middle Iron Age population rose sharply with settlement was focused on two major defended enclosures at St Catherines Hill and, subsequently, Orams Arbour. Winchester became a Roman civitas capital in the late 1st century AD and the typical infrastructure of public buildings, streets and defenses was created.

Following a period of near desertion in the Early Anglo-Saxon period, Winchester became a significant place again with the foundation of a minster church in the mid-7th century. In the Late Anglo-Saxon period it became the preeminent royal center for the Kingdom of Wessex. The city acquired a castle, cathedral and bishops palace under Norman kings but from the late 12th century onwards its status began to decline to that of a regional market town.

The archaeological resource for Winchester is very rich and is a resource of national and, for the Anglo-Saxon and Norman periods, of international importance.

Authors: Patrick Ottaway

Date: 2017

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Format: EPUB/PDF

Pages: 1



Language: English

ISBN / ASIN: 1785704494


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