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Sited at the furthest limits of the Neolithic revolution and standing at the confluence of the two great sea routes of prehistory, Britain and Ireland are distinct from continental Europe for much of the prehistoric sequence. In this landmark study, Richard Bradley offers an interpretation of the unique archaeological record of these islands. Highlighting the achievements of its inhabitants, Bradley surveys the entire archaeological sequence over a 5,000 year period, from the last hunter-gatherers and the adoption of agriculture in the Neolithic period, to the discovery of Britain and Ireland by travellers from the Mediterranean during the later pre-Roman Iron Age. His study places special emphasis on landscapes, settlements, monuments, and ritual practices. This edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. The text takes account of recent developments in archaeological science, such as isotopic analyses of human and animal bone, recovery of ancient DNA, and more subtle and precise methods of radiocarbon dating.Read more
- Proposes new interpretations of the archaeology of both islands
- Draws extensively on the findings of development-led fieldwork which have yet to play a major role in syntheses of insular prehistory
- Treats all parts of Britain and Ireland on equal terms
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: July 2019
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108412476
- length: 388 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 178 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.82kg
- contains: 130 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. The offshore islands
2. A new beginning
3. North, South, East, and West
4. A world elsewhere
5. Ploughshares into swords
6. The ending of prehistory.
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