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#1 wombat1

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 08:56 PM

Here is a quick question--I know that the coastline of Britain has changed significantly from ancient or medieval times to the present day, with some parts rising and some parts sinking.  But, most maps are overlaid on top of the modern coastline.

Can any one point me to either a map or a book that diagrams the changes preferably with a useable map?

 

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 03:45 AM

http://en.wikipedia.....land.cover.jpg

 

http://upload.wikime...ns.43.to.84.jpg


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Posted 17 April 2014 - 06:48 PM

Perfect!  Many thanks.



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 04:47 AM

I'm currently running a game on the Isle of Lewis in the 10th century, so it's something that I've had in mind as well. My overall impression of the situation is that the coastline everywhere has changed, but not necessarily at the scale at which large sections of the map would appear different unless you zoomed in close, with the major exception being East Anglia. If the game ever gets as far afield as Denmark, the Netherlands or other squishier areas I might revisit the topic...


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 02:12 PM

There are some good maps of roads here: http://keithbriggs.i..._road_maps.html

 

Whilst the above maps show the land which has now been reclaimed, it doesn't show much of what is missing. For example Dunwich has almost completely disappeared (http://www.dunwich.o...reconstruction/) as have many Yorkshire towns  (http://www.risknat.org/projets/riskydrogeo/docs/guide_pratique/Acivite1_Ateliers/Presentations%20Atelier1/A1P13-Coastal%20changes/programs/scientific.html).


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 11:55 AM

Something else to consider in the changing face of Britain, apart from coastline movements is the actual height of the ground level.

 

There's a ten foot (or so) pole somewhere in the Fens, the top of which marks ground level before they started draining.



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:43 AM

There are also various minor Roman roads scattered around Britain, often in somewhat short stretches. I'm not sure if there's ever been a definitive guide. I do recall seeing a survey of abandonned village sites many moons ago, but can't remember who published it.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:00 AM

There's a Roman-Britain OS map

 

and also this website is nice for layered maps with Roman remains etc: http://www.roman-britain.org/maps.htm



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 01:15 PM

The definitive book for Roman roads is this one: Margary, I. D. (1967) Roman Roads in Britain London: John Baker

 

Sadly out of print but it describes the routes of the roads by region. We use it at work a fair bit.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 06:09 PM

Haven't there been any catalogues of that type since '67...?


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 06:26 PM

If it was worth doing, it was worth doing well - apparently!

 

I've been interested in a book on this subject, so many thanks to Helen for the book tip. Just managed to snag one over at AbeBooks.com


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 08:36 PM

Agreed, many thanks for the tip.  I had meant to snag my university library's copy when I was out on errands earlier today but got side tracked.  J. Boucher: There appears to be a second edition in 1973, but as Paddurz says.... 



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:06 PM

I'm not aware of anything newer but it's so complete there's not been loads to add.
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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:08 AM

I would've thought that they may have found more roads, or the remains of them, since '73... ;)


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 08:00 PM

Roman Roads in Britian and Their Impact on Millitary History by Bishop is a book that is scheduled to come out in June/July.  I have liked all the Roman history books I have gotten from that publisher.  



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 09:23 AM

I normally use the Pendragon pull out map from the older version with the colour poster map in the box, it has come i handy many times.



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:23 AM

Got my Roman Roads book yesterday. Amazed by the amount of roads it covers. Very pleased with it so thanks to Helen for the tip.

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