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Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming$
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Debby Banham and Rosamond Faith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207947.001.0001

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Coasts and riversides

Coasts and riversides

(p.163) 7 Coasts and riversides
Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming

Debby Banham

Rosamond Faith

Oxford University Press

This chapter illustrates how marshland grazing and access to woodland were the resources which attracted incoming Germanic communities to settle along the north bank of the lower Thames: the archaeology of Mucking illustrates their economy. Dispersed farms were established on patches of raised ground in the Essex coastal saltmarsh, whose main resources were sheep, many being produced for the market. The chapter shows how, between the Severn and the Wye in Gloucestershire, the peasant economy included off-farm income from fishing and iron-working. A range of woodworking skills went into making fences, hurdles and fish-weirs.

Keywords:   Marshland, Sheep, Fishing, Wood crafts

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