Myth of Overcrowded Britain

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    alanjjohnstone
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    Yet another story of the lost villages of Englandhttps://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/27/anglo-saxon-settlement-and-roman-army-camp-found-in-a14-bypass-dig

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    Much of it is now flat and rather featureless farmland, but the excavations have revealed how densely populated it was in the past, with scores of village sites, burial mounds, henges, trackways, industrial sites including pottery kilns…the most likely explanation for its abandonment was that they lost the use of their woods when they were enclosed as a royal forest,” said Emma Jeffery, senior archaeologist from Mola Headland Infrastructure, who has been working on the site. “At a stroke they lost their grazing, foraging and bark for uses such as tanning leather, so the economic justification for the village was gone.”
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