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Sutton St James archaeologist Francis Pryor publishes new book

Francis Pryor has lived, excavated, farmed, walked and loved the Fenland countryside for more than 40 years – so it’s only right his latest book follows his personal and historical journey across one of the country’s most mysterious regions.

The Fens tells of his discovery, as both an archaeologist and farmer, of the area’s distinctive, complex, enduring, man-made and little understood landscape, along with its level drains, soaring churches and magnificent medieval buildings.

Francis, one of Britain’s most distinguished living archaeologists, counterpoints the history of the Fen landscape and its transformation – the great drainage projects that created the Old and New Bedford Rivers, the Ouse Washes and Bedford Levels, the rise of prosperous towns and cities, such as Spalding, King’s Lynn, Cambridge, Wisbech and Boston – with the story of his own discovery of it as an archaeologist.

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