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Foot-fall and Hoof-hit. Agencies, Movements, Materialities, and Identities; and Later Prehistoric and Romano-British Trackways

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Foot-fall and Hoof-hit. Agencies, Movements, Materialities, and Identities; and Later Prehistoric and Romano-British Trackways. / Chadwick, Adrian.

In: Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Vol. 26, No. 01, 01.02.2016, p. 93-120.

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