The Bronze Age-Iron Age transition in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire

  • Paul Christopher Tubb

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


This research set out to investigate the nature and extent of prehistoric human activity in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, a relatively poorly understood area located between the Marlborough Downs and Salisbury Plain. This was to be achieved through a combination of archival reassessment, aerial photographic interpretation and non-intrusive fieldwork. It became obvious that the Vale was the location for a considerable density of Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age sites, many of which were so called "midden" or "black-earth "sites, and this dissertation concentrates on this period. A survey of some 240 square km of the Vale was undertaken and the results analysed in the context of the few blackearth sites in the area that had previously been investigated. A number of well preserved sites dating from this period were identified and surveyed for the first time and fragments of the late prehistoric landscape defined and discussed.
Date of Award2009
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorJoshua Pollard (Supervisor)

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