It gives us further a clear landmark as regards the use by the Germans of the open-field system of ploughing.
Upon what other system can it have been grown than the open-field system?
The open-field system was hardly first introduced by the Saxons, because we find it also in Wales and Scotland.
One is the use of especially-built houses, and the other is the open-field plan.
At Northwald, about 3,000 acres of open-field land were enclosed in 1796 and clover was introduced.
In fact, the two land systems, though both using an open-field husbandry, were in their main features radically distinct.
We are in an open-field area, so to speak, and everything was just clear.
The open-field system in some form or other we may understand, then, to have preceded in Britain even the Roman occupation.
Nor can there be much mystery in the relation of these two forms of open-field husbandry to each other.
And still the open-field system, with the intermixed strips, is quite a prevalent feature of mediaeval husbandry all over Europe.