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Guest of the Rector (1 April 2005 - 30 June 2005)
I was working on a book on The Clothing of the Common Sort with a co-author, and had to write my section, including the key chapter laying out the relevance of the subject, its importance and the methodology. I have had something of a breakthrough here and have found new economic information on social groups. The chapter is completed, and I hope the book will be published next year by the Oxford University Press.
I finished an article on "Hearths, Wood and Coal" to introduce a volume of papers published by the Council for British Archaeology emerging from a conference I helped organise as Director of the British Academy Hearth Tax Project last October.
These were the two main things I intended to do at NIAS. However, as Director of the British Hearth Tax Project, I also wrote a much longer article titled "The Little Ice Age and the Rise of the Brick Chimney" which I will send to Past and Present. This came about as an unplanned result of our visit to NIAS. It was not a subject I had thought of: but my eventual contact with Belgian and Dutch historians was so fruitful that it emerged from discussion with them. I am very pleased with it. This last article has been the specific contribution to my research made by NIAS. Here, I have been able to get through a vast amount of reading, and follow large numbers of references in a very short time. .
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