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Rowley, Trevor 1942- (Richard Trevor Rowley)

Rowley, Trevor 1942- (Richard Trevor Rowley)

PERSONAL:

Born May 25, 1942, in Shrewsbury, England; son of Walter (a plumber) and Gertrude Rowley; married Linda McLean (a company secretary), October 6, 1973; children: Richard, Susannah. Education: University of London, B.A. (with honors), 1963; Linacre College, Oxford, M.Litt., 1968. Hobbies and other interests: Travel (Europe and North Africa), marathon running (member of Iffley Road Strollers).

ADDRESSES:

Home—Oxford, England. Office—Department for External Studies, Oxford University, Rewley House, Wellington Sq., Oxford, England.

CAREER:

Oxford University, Oxford, England, senior tutor in archaeology, 1969-86, deputy director, beginning 1986. Guest lecturer for Swan Hellenic Cruises; conducts archaeological field work in France. Emeritus fellow, Kellogg College.

MEMBER:

Society of Antiquaries (fellow), Institute of Field Archaeologists.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Fellow of Rewley House, Oxford, 1990.

WRITINGS:

The Shropshire Landscape, Hodder & Stoughton (London, UK), 1972.

(Editor) The Archaeological Implications of the Development of Wallingford, Department for External Studies, Oxford University (Oxford, UK), 1973.

(With Max Davies) The Archaeology of the M.40 Motorway, Department for External Studies, Oxford University (Oxford, UK), 1973.

(With Michael Aston) Landscape Archaeology, David & Charles (Newton Abbot, UK), 1974.

Anglo-Saxon Settlement and Landscape: Papers Presented to a Symposium, Oxford 1973, British Archaeological Reports (Oxford, UK), 1974.

Landscapes and Documents, Bedford Square Press for the Standing Conference for Local History (London, UK), 1974.

(Editor, with Mike Breakell) Planning and the Historic Environment: Papers Presented to a Conference in Oxford, 1975, Oxford University Department for External Studies (Oxford, UK), 1975.

(Editor, with Warwick Rodell) The Small Towns of Roman Britain: Papers Presented to a Conference, Oxford, 1975, British Archaeological Reports (Oxford, UK), 1975.

(Editor, with Barry Cunliffe) Oppida, the Beginnings of Urbanisation in Barbarian Europe: Papers Presented to a Conference at Oxford, October 1975, British Archaeological Reports (Oxford, UK), 1976.

(Editor, with Mike Breakell) Planning and the Historic Environment II: Papers Presented to a Conference in Oxford, 1977, Oxford University Department for External Studies (Oxford, UK), 1977.

Villages in the Landscape, Dent (London, UK), 1978.

(Editor) The Origins of Open-field Agriculture, Croom Helm (London, UK), 1981.

(With John Wood) Deserted Villages, Shire (Aylesbury, Bucks, UK), 1982.

(Contributor) Len Cantos, editor, The English Medieval Landscape, Croom Helm (London, UK), 1982.

The Norman Heritage, 1055-1200, Routledge & Kegan Paul (Boston, MA), 1983.

(With Sebastian Rahtz and James Bond) Middleton Stoney: Excavation and Survey in a North Oxfordshire Parish; 1970-1982, Oxford University Department for External Study (Oxford, UK), 1984.

(With Michael Cyprien) A Traveller's Guide to Norman Britain, Routledge & Kegan Paul (Boston, MA), 1986.

(Editor, with Grace Briggs and Jean Cook) The Archaeology of the Oxford Region, Oxford University (Oxford, UK), 1986.

The Welsh Marches, M. Joseph (London, UK), 1986, revised edition published as The Welsh Border: Archaeology, History & Landscape, Tempus (Charleston, SC), 2001.

The High Middle Ages, 1200-1550, Routledge & Kegan Paul (New York, NY), 1986.

(Editor, with Mélanie Steiner) Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, Oxfordshire: The Excavations from 1986-1994 and the Historic Building Analysis, University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education (Oxford, UK), 1996.

English Heritage Book of Norman England, B.T. Batsford (London, UK), 1997.

Deserted Villages, Shire (Buckinghamshire, UK), 2000.

The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century, Hambledon Continuum (New York, NY), 2006.

Also contributor to The Victorian County History of Shropshire, Volume IV, edited by George Baugh, 1989. Contributor to learned journals and newspapers. Editor of Council for British Archaeology Group 9 Newsletters, 1971-76.

SIDELIGHTS:

Historian and archaeologist Trevor Rowley concentrates on the development of the English landscape from ancient times to the present. For instance, the borderlands between Wales and England are the subject of The Welsh Border: Archaeology, History & Landscape. Wales was conquered—in name only—by Edward I in the twelfth century. Edward and his successors recognized that English hegemony over the Welsh could only be maintained by a continuous military presence, so they separated England and Wales by a buffer zone called the Marches. "Within this," Paul Stamper wrote in Archaeology, "castles, towns, ecclesiastical foundations, and hunting grounds proliferated, each, to a greater or lesser degree, a means of control and exploitation." Beautiful pastoral valleys, treasured by Romantic tourists, also characterize the countryside. Since the 1700s, Stamper noted, "the Marches have been admired by those … with taste and sensibility."

In The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century, Rowley traces the ways in which landscape was created, how its creation impacted lives historically, and (especially) the ways in which the last century changed the English city, town, and countryside. "No century," said a Contemporary Review contributor, "has had such an impact on the landscape, for better or for worse." "The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century," declared a reviewer for the Hambledon & London Web site, "is a striking and readable survey of a subject that matters to everyone."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Archaeology, August, 2002, Paul Stamper, "Fine Border."

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, July, 2007, G.J. Martin, review of The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century, p. 1975.

Contemporary Review, spring, 2007, review of The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century.

Economic Geography, July, 1982, review of The Origins of Open-field Agriculture, p. 291.

Reference & Research Book News, spring, 1987, review of A Traveller's Guide to Norman Britain; spring, 1987, review of The High Middle Ages, 1200-1550.

School Librarian, September, 1983, review of The Norman Heritage, 1066-1200, p. 290.

Times Literary Supplement, January 19, 2007, "In Rootless Pursuit," p. 11.

ONLINE

Hambledon & London Web site,http://www.hambledon.co.uk/ (November 11, 2007), review of The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century.

Stanford University—Over Sea Studies at Oxford Web site,http://osp.stanford.edu/ (November 11, 2007), author biography.

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