The Upper and Middle Thames Valley provides a rich and diverse archaeological resource for the millennium and a half before the Roman conquest
Volume 2 of the Thames Through Time series focuses on the period between 1500 BC and AD 50 and provides a thematic overview of the catalysts for change and the evolution of the environment and human society in the valley during the later Bronze Age and Iron Age periods.
The period saw the balance of settlement and activity shift from the Middle Thames to the Upper Thames as population pressures intensified and trade and exchange expanded. Societal developments gradually gave rise to the formation of larger tribal political entities, the establishment and use of grand defensive enclosures, and significant changes in ritual practice and treatment of the dead.
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