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Authority and Community: Reflections on archaeological practice at Heslington East, York

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Authority and Community : Reflections on archaeological practice at Heslington East, York. / Roskams, Steve; Neal, Cath.

In: The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, Vol. 4, No. 2, 10.2013, p. 139-155.

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Roskams, S & Neal, C 2013, 'Authority and Community: Reflections on archaeological practice at Heslington East, York', The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 139-155.

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Roskams, S., & Neal, C. (2013). Authority and Community: Reflections on archaeological practice at Heslington East, York. The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, 4(2), 139-155.

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Roskams S, Neal C. Authority and Community: Reflections on archaeological practice at Heslington East, York. The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice. 2013 Oct;4(2):139-155.

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Roskams, Steve ; Neal, Cath. / Authority and Community : Reflections on archaeological practice at Heslington East, York. In: The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice. 2013 ; Vol. 4, No. 2. pp. 139-155.

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