Hen Domen, Montgomery
A Timber Castle on the English-Welsh Border:A Final Report
By Robert Higham and Philip Barker
The motte and bailey castle at Hen Domen, Montgomery was occupied from the late eleventh century until c.1300. Excavations here lasted from 1960 to 1992, and remain the most detailed examination of this type of site to date. This volume marks the final stage in the publication of excavations and fieldwork carried out at the site, containing a summary of an earlier work published in 1982 by the Royal Archaeological Institute, and a full account of the project's findings since 1980.
Its principal contents are the buildings whose foundations were recovered in the bailey and on the motte, the artefactual and environmental evidence and the castle's medieval landscape context. The book is profusely illustrated with drawings and photographs, including artist's reconstructions of the evolution of the site.
Philip Barker, Peter Barker, Sue Browne, Richard Brunning, Jonathon Freeman, Seán Goddard, Alison Goodall, I. H. Goodall, Robert Higham, Linda Hurcombe, Gill Juleff, Valerie A. Maxfield, Ruth Morgan, Stephanie Ratkai, Sue Rouillard and Mike Rouillard
List of Figures, ix; Acknowledgements, xiii; Summary, xv; Introduction, 1; Chapter 1. Background and Earlier Work on the Site, 11; Chapter 2. Pre-Castle Phases, 25; Chapter 3. The Bailey, 35; Chapter 4. The Motte, 61; Chapter 5. The Artefactual, Environmental and Survey Evidence; Pottery from the Motte Stephanie Ratkai, 83; Metalwork from the Motte Ian and Alison Goodall, 94; Metalwork and Other Material from the Bailey Robert Higham and Mike Rouillard, 98; Wooden Objects Sean Goddard and Sue Rouillard, 111; Tree-ring Dating Ruth Morgan, 117; Metallurgical Slags Gill Juleff, 121; Animal Bones Sue Browne, 126; Geophysical Survey Peter Barker, 135; Survey of the Pre-Castle Plough-Soil Surface Jonathan Freeman, 137; Chapter 6. Landscape History and Fieldwork around Montgomery, 141; Chapter 7. Conclusion; The Dating Evidence, 159; The Structural Evidence, 164; General Discussion, 171; Appendix: A Photographic Memoir, 183; References, 187.
"This handsome volume contains no fewer than a hundred papers, divided into regional studies from the various frontier provinces of the Roman Empire…" (British Archaeological News)
The late Philip Barker was formerly Reader in British Archaeology, University of Birmingham. He has directed a number of excavations and published several books. Robert Higham is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Exeter. His research interests cover two broad topics relating to the medieval period: the general theme of defense, in both its military and social aspects, and the medieval archaeology of South West England. He has directed a number of excavations and published several books. He has particular interests in the interplay between archaeological and historical data in the medieval period. Specific areas of research include urban defense, the archaeology, social and settlement history of castles and castle-building society, and the settlement history of Greater Exmoor.