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Current Archaeology 213 (Vol XVIII No. 9) December 2007

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11 POWER HOUSES How should we assess the great houses of medieval England and Wales? Anthony Emery is a distinguished businessman who has long studied these great houses, and feels they have been largely overlooked in the academic reluctance to study the works of the upper classes. Yet these are the buildings of the movers and shakers of Medieval England, and after 18 years of study, he has now published a three-volume corpus of some 750 of these houses. Current Archaeology went to meet him and learn more about his passion for these glorious structures.

20 POULTON HENGE The Poulton Research Project has been engaged in a decade-long search for a lost Cistercian abbey on the outskirts of

Chester. Even after help from Time Team, the abbey remains elusive; however, the team has recently found remarkable evidence of substantial and longterm prehistoric activity. This article explores Cheshire’s hidden Bronze Age.

28 FOOD AND DRINK IN ROMAN BRIT AIN What was the effect of the Roman conquest on food and drink in Britain? Were there regional differences in Britain in this period? The best answers come from pottery and animal bones, and Hilary Cool has been looking through

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