Creating Prehistory: Druids, Ley Hunters and Archaeologists in Pre-War Britain / Edition 1

Creating Prehistory: Druids, Ley Hunters and Archaeologists in Pre-War Britain / Edition 1

by Adam Stout
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405155043

ISBN-13: 9781405155045

Pub. Date: 06/20/2008

Publisher: Wiley

Creating Prehistory deals even-handedly and sympathetically with the creation of several different sorts of prehistory during the volatile period between the two World Wars.

  • Investigates the origins of professional archaeology in Britain during the inter-war period
  • Brings to life many fascinating and controversial personalities and their

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Overview

Creating Prehistory deals even-handedly and sympathetically with the creation of several different sorts of prehistory during the volatile period between the two World Wars.

  • Investigates the origins of professional archaeology in Britain during the inter-war period
  • Brings to life many fascinating and controversial personalities and their creeds, including the archaeologists O. G. S. Crawford, Mortimer Wheeler and Gordon Childe; Grafton Elliot Smith and W. H. R. Rivers (of ‘Regeneration’ fame); Alfred Watkins and The Old Straight Track; and the thunderous George Watson Macgregor Reid, who brought the Druids back to Stonehenge
  • Examines the production of archaeological knowledge as a social process, and the relationship between personalities, institutions, ideology, and power
  • Addresses the ongoing debates of the significance of sites such as Stonehenge, Avebury, and Maiden Castle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405155045
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/20/2008
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction: Power and the Past.

Part I: Disciplining the Past:.

1. Manufacturing The Past: The Victorian Background.

2. Establishing the Discipline.

3. Containing the Amateurs.

Part II: Contesting Utopia:.

4. Making Progress.

5. The Politics of Socialism.

6. The Diffusion Heresy: Nurture and the Primitive.

7. Establishing Diffusion.

8. A Clash of Narratives: Diffusion and the Archaeologists.

Part III: The Most Ancient Faith:.

9. The Esoteric Revival.

10. The Universal Bond.

11. Stonehenge: A Mecca of Celtic Idealism.

Part IV: Order and Civilization:.

12. The Aesthetics of Order.

13. The Old Straight Track.

14. The Straight Track Postal Club.

15. Straight Track to Beyond.

16. Visions of Civilization.

Conclusion: Archaeology and Social Transformation.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index

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