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The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society

Since 1863

For everyone interested in Yorkshire's past

Occasional Papers

Rudston Roman Villa (1980)

ISBN10 9780902122321    297mm by 210mm; 196 pages; black & white illustrations and photographs throughout.

Paperback:  £10  P&P Free in UK

This important report of the villa site at Rudston in the East Riding of Yorkshire combines
an overview of the excavations, conducted at various times from the 1930s to the 1970s,
with specialist reports on the pottery and other artefacts, the decorative remains –
including the well-known and very distinctive 'Venus' and 'Charioteer' mosaics (now in the
Hull and East Riding Museum) – and a range of organic remains.

Medieval Scarborough: Studies in Trade and Civic Life (2001)

ISBN13  9780902122967    297mm by 210mm; 123 pages; black & white illustrations and photographs throughout.

Paperback:  £10  P&P Free in UK

This publication brings together a number of articles by a distinguished group of historians and archaeologists to create a wide-ranging new history of Scarborough in the medieval period. It includes essays on church life, urban government, mercantile Scarborough, domestic architecture, the pottery industry and includes a gazetteer of Scarborough’s medieval place and field names. It includes a gazetteer of Scarborough’s medieval place-names.

Pointers to the Past: the Historical Landscape of Hebden Township, Upper Wharfedale (2006)

ISBN 1 9035 6455 7

This well-illustrated volume, produced with members of the Hebden History Group, emerged as the result of a locality-based study carried out by residents of Hebden. It analyses the landscape of Hebden and the ownership and management of the land with reference both to documentary and physical evidence, and covers the evolution of the agricultural landscape, routeways, manorial Hebden, and landscape and community.

Now out of print.  Can be read online in the Society's collection on the Internet Archive


Medieval Selby - A New Study of the Abbey and Town 1069-1408 (2006)

ISBN 1 90356445 X

Selby Abbey’s place in the history of the North of England is often overlooked, nevertheless Selby Abbey was an important house and its contribution to the northern monastic life was unique. This publication provides a chronological history of the town and abbey with chapters devoted to ‘the monastic corporation’, ‘the benefactors’ and ‘the monastic town of Selby’.

Now out of print.  This book can be read online in the Society's collection on the Internet Archive


Patterns of Quern Production, Acquisition and Deposition. (2008)

ISBN13  9781903564752      297mm by 210mm; 175 pages; black & white illustrations

Paperback   £10  P&P Free in UK

The first publication by The Yorkshire Querns Study, established in 1985 to collect data on querns of all periods. Using data from North Yorkshire and Southern Durham, this volume considers beehive querns of the later Iron Age and earlier Romano-British Period and promotes the use of quern evidence as an important resource for the study of settlement, technology, innovation, inter-group relations and religious expression.

Lady Anne Clifford: Culture, Patronage and Gender in 17th-Century Britain (2009)

ISBN13  9781903564751   297mm by 210mm; 139 pages, 106 black & white and colour illustrations.

Paperback  £10  P&P Free in UK

A collection of papers by leading scholars in the field devoted to the study of Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery (1590-1676), and one of the great figures of English seventeenth-century history. The volume’s origins lie in a symposium held in March 2004 at Tate Britain, to coincide with the display there of Lady Anne’s Great Triptych, on loan from the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal.

Guide to the Quarter Session Records of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1637–1971 and Other Official Records (2011)

ISBN13  9781903564516    60 pages; 297mm by 210mm

Paperback   £10 P&P Free in UK

The massive quarter sessions records for the West Riding are probably the largest and best preserved of any county. For centuries, and up to as recently as forty years ago, quarter sessions was the major criminal court in the county. The court of quarter sessions was also the major local government authority up to 1889, and so many other aspects of life were affected by its activities. The records offer a remarkable variety of research materials and this guide to them will be invaluable for family and local history researchers.

Romanesque Yorkshire (2012)

ISBN13  9781903564868    265 pages; 297mm by 210mm; numerous black & white photographs throughout.

Paperback  £10  P&P Free in UK

In England, the architectural term ‘Romanesque’ (Norman) covers the period 1066 to 1200. This volume provides a guide to the notable Romanesque remains to be found in Yorkshire. The volume first provides a 31-page introduction and glossary of architectural terms, with a location map of Romanesque sites in Yorkshire. This is followed by an alphabetical gazetteer that lists over 300 sites with appreciable Romanesque remains.

The Archaeology of Yorkshire: an assessment at the beginning of the 21st century (Occ. Pp 3, 2003)

The original edition of this important volume is now out of print.  In recognition of its continuing relevance a digital version, with updates to several chapters, can be read online in the Society's collection on the Internet Archive.

This Society monograph was largely derived from the papers delivered at the Yorkshire Archaeological Research Framework (YARF) Forum conference of 1998, and providedmuch-needed review of Yorkshire’s archaeology. Since its publication, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire have developed their own research agendas, but for many parts of the historic county, particularly the northern and eastern rural areas, some archaeological research priorities may still be gauged against YARF’s research framework. Consequently, The Archaeology of Yorkshire, retains considerable relevance as an important baseline assessment and background for Yorkshire-based archaeological projects. Now that the volume is out of print, the Society decided that it would offer the original authors, or their substitutes, the opportunity to provide brief updates on the original content to be included in the digital version. As a result, eleven of the original papershave been enhanced by such supplements. It should be noted that the absence of an update does not signify that one is not deemed appropriate, and it is anticipated that additional updates will be added to the digital version in the future.