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Prehistoric Britain from the Air

Prehistoric Britain from the Air
A Study of Space, Time and Society


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  • Date Published: July 1996
  • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521551328

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  • This book provides a bird's-eye look at the monumental achievements of Britain's earliest inhabitants. Britain had been occupied by prehistoric communities for over half a million years before the Roman Conquest. During this time many changes were wrought in the landscape, some of them so indelibly scored that they are still visible today. The unique bird's-eye perspective offered by the aerial camera brings to life many of the familiar sites and monuments that prehistoric communities built, and exposes to view many thousands of sites that simply cannot be seen at ground level because they have become buried or levelled by centuries of ploughing and cultivation. In this book, Timothy Darvill introduces the ways in which aerial photographs reveal traces of the prehistoric past, illustrating and describing a wide selection of archaeological sites and landscapes, and, for the first time, applying social archaeology to the field of aerial photography.

    • Highly illustrated with the very best aerial photographs of a wide selection of prehistoric monuments
    • Interesting thematic arrangement which provides discussion of changing approaches and trends
    • This is the first extensive application of social archaeology to the field of aerial photography, emphasising the three interconnected dimensions of space, time, and society
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    'Timothy Darvill demonstrates the value of aerial photography in social archaeology throughout, and the candid style of the text thoroughly complements the visual impact of the images … anyone with an interest in the prehistory of Britain will marvel at this wonderful collection of photographs and ideas.' 3rd Stone

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521551328
    • length: 305 pages
    • dimensions: 284 x 224 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.384kg
    • contains: 146 b/w illus.
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgements
    List of photographs
    1. Prehistory from the air
    2. Hunting, gathering and fishing communities
    3. Camps and gathering places
    4. Farmsteads and fields
    5. Villages and towns
    6. Forts and strongholds
    7. Frontiers, boundaries and trackways
    8. Tombs, burial grounds and cemeteries
    9. Ritual and ceremonial monuments
    10. Industrial sites
    11. Mounds, rings and hill-figures
    12. Continuity and change: prehistory and the landscape
    Sources and references

  • Author

    Timothy Darvill, Bournemouth University

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