Many thanks for the ahds reference. I had missed that in my searches. Very
The Operative Mechanic and British Machinist, Nicholson 1825 is helpful but
is from a civil engineers viewpoint and not from an archaeological
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From: "John Colby" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2008 8:34 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Hemp and Flax Processing
> Not for those specific periods - only
> http://www.ukcia.org/culture/history/hmpukhis.php and
> Quote from the latter:
> In Medieval times religious hospitals commonly grew hemp. Hemp features in
> the recommended plants section of the great religious gardening books!
> Many monastic houses have areas of land named after hemp, and some have
> remenants of hemp-retting pools. It is likely that hemp was mainly grown
> for its fibre, but also for medicine for the hospitals. Little evidence
> exists of the growth of hemp at archeological sites because traditional
> archeologists threw away the soil etc looking for artifacts. Only a few
> environmental archeologists bothered to look for (and find) hemp pollen in
> the grounds of medieval hospitals.
> But you've probably found all this.
> Maybe pollen core research would be a step forward?
> Trevor Dunkerley wrote:
>> Dear List,
>> Has any list member come across a definitive work on Hemp Mills and Hemp
>> Pools for the 12-14th century periods. I have drawn a complete blank.