In 1993, the construction of the A5300 road provided the opportunity for archaeologists from Liverpool Museum to investigate a corridor of land through the townships of Tarbock, Ditton and Halewood, Merseyside. The first part of this book provides detailed accounts of the resulting excavations at three Mesolithic sites, a late prehistoric double-ditched enclosure and two Romano-British and medieval farmsteads. These have produced valuable evidence for wider regional research, particularly for the nature of Romano-British settlement. The late prehistoric settlement is an important addition to the meagre number of such sites in the region, while artefact studies make a significant contribution to an understanding of prehistoric hunter-gatherer settlement patterns and medieval pottery use. The second part of the book draws on this new evidence to provide in-depth regional accounts of current research and theories on settlement and land use for these periods.
The A5300 excavations, which took place along a 4 km road corridor through Halewood and Tarbock, Merseyside, have transformed our understanding of the ancient landscape in the lowland North West of England. In a region traditionally viewed as sparsely populated and archaeologically unrewarding, excavations revealed an unexpected density of sites comparable with far better known regions of England. This includes Mesolithic evidence, which has begun to redress the upland, Pennine emphasis in the study of this period in the north. Alongside this is important new evidence of Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement, while the project discovered no fewer than three Romano-British rural sites, one of which combined farming with legionary tile production. This monograph presents the detailed results of excavation and scientific analysis together with period syntheses of landscape development from the Mesolithic to the medieval period, assembling a wealth of additional unpublished material from two decades of research.