Set in the context of this project's innovative landscape surveys, four extraordinary sites excavated at Haddenham, north of Cambridge chart the transformation of Neolithic woodland to Romano-British marshland, providing unrivalled insights into death and ritual in a changing prehistoric environment. The highlight of Volume I is the internationally renowned Foulmire Fen long barrow, with its preserved timber burial chamber and facade. The massive individual timbers allow detailed study of Neolithic wood technology and the direct examination of a structure that usually survives only as a pattern of post holes.
Christopher Evans has, since 1990, been Executive Director of the University's Cambridge Archaeological Unit. Having directed fieldwork campaigns in the region for more than 25 years, he has also been responsible for projects in Nepal and China. Ian Hodder is the Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. From 1977 to 1999 he taught at Cambridge University, and during that time he first excavated in the Fens and then at Catalhoyuk in Turkey in an on-going project there.