paper, 56 pp., $13.95
This archeological survey of the medieval fields of England by David Hall, British archeologist and historian, contains a concise review of the character and terminology of the classic type or ‘Midland System’ of fields during the period. He reports on the layout, complexity, and operation of the open field plans, methods of their reconstruction, and the changes that took place later in this period. Although many early field plans are still in existence, he notes that common errors did occur in documents. By careful examination of records, new techniques make it possible to reconstruct maps of earlier times and to determine the landscape before the Norman Conquest.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden