In the twenty-first century Manchester has enjoyed an explosion of archaeological interest, with more being known now about the various chapters of the city region's past that ever before. This is only fitting, as Manchester is a centre of great historical importance, being the world's first industrial city. The book spans the period from prehistoric and Roman Manchester to the city in the modern day, focusing on the nineteenth century when it was the largest international marketplace for cotton goods. The city was a metropolis of warehouses and mills, humming with the clatter and roar of the Industrial Revolution. It sprawled and thronged with people, leading the way in transport innovation, with the construction of Britain's first completely manmade waterway - the Bridgewater Canal - and becoming a terminus for the world's first intercity passenger railway - the Liverpool and Manchester line. The city was at the forefront of textile manufacture and engineering, as well as producing glass, carbonated water, beer, bricks, clay pipes and hats; this generated prosperity and technological progress as well as hardship and rafts of slum dwellings.
This book is a fascinating exploration of an area whose international commerce has provided a rich archaeological heritage both within the city boundaries and beyond them.