The Moorlands of England and Wales: An Environmental History, 8000 BC - AD 2000
Brand: Edinburgh University Press

The Moorlands of England and Wales: An Environmental History, 8000 BC - AD 2000

  • Publish Date: 2003-10-03
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Ian G Simmons

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This is a history of the moorlands and the part they have played in English and Welsh history over ten millennia. Ian Simmons combines the perspectives of natural science, archaeology, social history and historical geography, and draws on forty years of exploring and studying the moorlands. Starting with a description of their origins and how they have changed under the impact of human and natural forces, Simmons shows how perceptions of the moors have been influenced by writers, artists and the media (and how they have been inspired by the moors), and how these perceptions have resulted in great changes in attitudes to moorland use and management.The book begins by offering some concise understanding of the physical and natural characteristics of moorlands. It then gives an account of how hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic period altered their surroundings using fire. It describes how millennia of agricultural production wrought distinctive moorland landscapes and how these in turn were affected an

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