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The Study Of Small Finds At The 1644 Battle Of Cheriton

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This chapter seeks to emphasise the benefits of the detection, mapping and recovery of non-valuable small finds as an aid to understanding the spatial extent of a battlefield. It demonstrates the benefits of a multi-disciplined approach to the 1644 Civil War Battlefield of Cheriton, near Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom. 355 non-contextual metallic small finds were recovered from the topsoil of the study area using metal detection. An archaeological analysis of the sample emphasises the use of non-valuable small finds as an aid to understanding the location, direction and participants of battle. A social context of human activity in warfare is explored through the weaponry of the soldiers to demonstrate the bloody violence of the battlefield. These studies provide new and relevant information pertaining to the archaeological understanding of the Royalist retreat from the Battle of Cheriton.

Keywords: 1644 Civil War Battlefield of Cheriton; archaeological analysis; human activity; metal detection survey; metallic small finds; soldiers



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