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Fenland Archæology

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    AMONG the objects which the recently founded Fenland Research Committee, of which Prof. A. C. Seward is chairman, has in view is the preparation and publication of a map, or series of maps, showing the extent of Roman or British occupation of the Fens and of the watercourses as they existed at that period. As was pointed out when the Com mittee was formed, the scientific investigation of the Fenland to a great extent has been neglected, and if it should be possible to complete the survey for the purpose of this map on the scale contemplated, it will prove of very considerable importance for the study of the physical and human geography of the period. It is estimated that something like a million acres will be added to the map of Roman Britain. In the meantime, an appeal has been issued by the Committee for assistance towards the cost of printing a map of the Fens on the scale of two inches to the mile in a series of twenty sheets, of which four have already been prepared. The maps are to be reproduced by photography from the six-inch Ordnance map and will show all that is shown on that map. It has been found by experience that the two-inch scale is more convenient for survey work than the six-inch, hence the necessity for the repro duction. The maps are intended for use as a basis for the research work of the Committee, especially in connexion with the work of plotting from air-photographs showing abandoned drainage channels, the Celtic, or Romano-British, system of fields and drainage and the like. A sum of £500 is required. Contributions may be sent to the Hon. Secretary, Dr. Grahame Clark, Peterhouse, Cambridge.

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