An authoritative and radical rethinking of the whole of British history before the coming of the Romans, based on remarkable new archaeological finds.
So many extraordinary archaeological discoveries (many of them involving the author) have been made in the last thirty years that our whole understanding of British prehistory needs to be updated. So far only the specialists have twigged on to these developments; now, for the first time, Francis Pryor broadcasts them to a much wider, general audience.
Aided by aerial photography, coastal erosion (which has helped expose such coastal sites as Seahenge) and new planning legislation that requires developers to excavate the land they build on, archaeologists have unearthed a far more sophisticated life among the Ancient Britons than has been previously supposed. Far from being the barbarians of Roman propaganda, we Brits had our own religion, laws, crafts, arts, trade, farms, priesthood and royalty, the stories of which Francis Pryor tells with passion, wit and intelligence.
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Great Book if You’re Into This Sort of Thing
Dense and intense. I liked that this book tied modern society to ancient society. It made it relevant and argued for including pre-Roman, indigenous, history into the story of British history in schools (a fair argument that has and is being made about American history as well).
If history and archaeology are your thing, you’ll probably like this book. If they’re not, this book is so full of scholarship this probably is going to bore you to death. Fair warning.