Adam Stout is a Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. His pioneering study of urban cowkeeping in 1978 marked him out as a historian of the unusual. Other works include The Thorn and the Waters: Miraculous Glastonbury in the Eighteenth Century (2007); What’s Real and What Is Not: Reflections upon Archaeology and Earth Mysteries in Britain (2006); Pimlico: Deep Well of Glee (1997); The Old Gloucester: Study of a Cattle Breed (1980); and a series of acclaimed artistic collaborations including Where Two Rivers Meet: The Story of Kennet Mouth (1994).
Creating Prehistory: Druids, Ley Hunters and Archaeologists in Pre-War Britain / Edition 1by Adam Stout
In this highly original account, Adam Stout demonstrates for the first time how a generation of determined and scientifically minded young archaeologists succeeded in creating the discipline of today. Creating Prehistory deals even-handedly and sympathetically with the creation of several different sorts of prehistory during the volatile period between the/i>… See more details below
In this highly original account, Adam Stout demonstrates for the first time how a generation of determined and scientifically minded young archaeologists succeeded in creating the discipline of today. 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.
The author weaves a fascinating tale of the personalities and institutions involved in the development of archaeology and the marginalization of its competitors. He investigates the influence of the Diffusionists and their much-neglected pacifism, the controversial reappearance of the Druids at Stonehenge, and the sensational popularity of The Old Straight Track. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in today’s fascination with the prehistoric past.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations.
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.
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