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Birmingham - The Hidden History

Available now from all good local bookshops! - Reprinted and updated 2011

Birmingham - The Hidden History By Michael Hodder - Birmingham's Planning Archaeologist

For those that have always assumed that Birmingham started life in the industrial revolution, this book will be a revelation. The physical remains left by its inhabitants reveal a story that starts in the Old Stone Age and continues, through later prehistoric, Roman and medieval times, right up to the cold war of the twentieth century. The area covered by Dr Mike Hodder's ground-breaking account is the present-day city of Birmingham, extending from Sutton Coldfield in the north to Longbridge in the south.

Much of the archaeological evidence for Birmingham's past comes from research and fieldwork carried out relatively recently. This evidence consists of surviving buildings, fragments of buildings or architectural details, earthworks, features detected by geophysical survey, objects found whilst fieldwalking and chance finds. The book comes complete with annotated list of sites that can be visited.

Mike has been involved with Birmingham's archaeology for over 20 years. Since 1994 he has been Birmingham City Council's Planning Archaeologist. He is an honorary vice president of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society, and a visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

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