Britain B.C.: Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans

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Harper Perennial, 2004 - History - 488 pages
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Traditionally, British history has been regarded as starting with the Roman Conquest. Yet this is to ignore half a million years of prehistory that still exert a profound influence on British and Irish life today. In Britain BC, Francis Pryor sets the record straight. Aided in recent years by aerial photography and coastal erosion (which has helped expose such sites as Seahenge), and by advances in scientific techniques such as radiocarbon dating and wood analysis, archaeologists have discovered compelling evidence for a much more sophisticated life among the Ancient Britons than has been previously supposed. Far from being woad-painted barbarians, the earliest inhabitants of the British Isles had developed their own religions, laws, crafts, arts, trade systems, farms, and priesthood long before the Romans' brief occupation. Examining sites from the great ceremonial landscapes of Stonehenge, Avebury, and the Bend of the Boyne to small domestic settlements, and objects from precious ritual offerings to the tiny fragments of flint discarded by toolmakers, Francis Pryor, one of our leading archaeologists, has created a remarkable portrait of the life of our ancestors, in all its variety and complexity. His authoritative and radical re-examination of Britain and Ireland before the coming of the Romans makes us look afresh at the whole story of our islands.

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

This book provides a superb background into Britain's pre-Roman past. The only mention of this period of history that I remember, in my entire schooling, was at infant level when we were made to feel ... Read full review

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User Review  - nandadevi - LibraryThing

I'd only add to the existing reviews this observation. Pryor at one point commends a fellow archaeologist for doing a meticulous excavation and documenting it superbly without making any assertions ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Dr Francis Pryor, author of the acclaimed ‚¬e¬~Seahenge‚¬e¬(tm), ‚¬e¬~Britain BC‚¬e¬(tm), ‚¬e¬~Britain AD‚¬e¬(tm) and ‚¬e¬~Britain in the Middle Ages: An Archaeological History‚¬e¬(tm), has spent thirty years studying the prehistory of the Fens. He has excavated sites as diverse as Bronze Age farms and religious sites, field systems and entire Iron Age villages, as well as barrows, ‚¬e¬~henges‚¬e¬(tm) and a large ceremonial centre dating to 3800 BC. He is President of the Council for British Archaeology, and frequently appears on Channel 4‚¬e¬(tm)s popular archaeology programme ‚¬e¬~Time Team‚¬e¬(tm). In 2003 he wrote and presented a two-part television series on ‚¬e¬~Britain BC‚¬e¬(tm), and in 2004 made a three-part series on ‚¬e¬~Britain AD‚¬e¬(tm).

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