France 1001 Sights: An Archaeological and Historical Guide

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This distinctive historical and archaeological guidebook to France introduces the reader and traveller to the palpable remains of past cultures that shaped the development of the modern country. A chronological description of the important epochs, from the first appearance of humans in France down to medieval times, is followed by a portrayal of archaeological monuments and details of their exact location. These include prehistoric cave paintings, villages, necropoli, megaliths, Celtic forts and historic Roman ...

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Overview

This distinctive historical and archaeological guidebook to France introduces the reader and traveller to the palpable remains of past cultures that shaped the development of the modern country. A chronological description of the important epochs, from the first appearance of humans in France down to medieval times, is followed by a portrayal of archaeological monuments and details of their exact location. These include prehistoric cave paintings, villages, necropoli, megaliths, Celtic forts and historic Roman and Gallo-Roman remains (including towns, temples, villas, bridges, roads, and aqueducts), early Christian churches, chapels and murals, as well as medieval structures, fortifications, and cemeteries. This book can be used as a field manual to readily find and explore France's ancient heritage or as a reference for those who cannot visit the sites but are interested in the legacy of the past.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552380420
  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Publication date: 1/30/2002
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


James M. Anderson has lived and worked in Spain and has done considerable research on ancient Hispanic languages and cultures. He has also conducted numerous in-depth tours of the Iberian Peninsula.

M. Sheridan Lea has resided in Portugal and Spain periodically for ten years.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Maps and Diagrams
Introduction
Geography
Pt. I Historical Background
1 Appearance of Humans in France 3
2 Mesolithic Period 6
3 Neolithic Period 6
4 Megalithic Monuments 8
5 Age of Metals: Copper and Bronze 9
6 Iron Age Peoples (Celts) 10
7 Roman and Gallo-Roman Period 12
8 Early Christian Monuments 15
9 Germanic Invasions and the Early Middle Ages 15
10 Franks, Merovinglans and Visigoths 16
11 Carolingians 17
12 Norsemen and the Foundation of Normandy (Normandie) 17
13 The Rise of France 18
14 Conclusion 18
15 Chronological Table 19
Pt. II Sites and Sights
Glossary 176
Colour photographs 179
Bibliography 195
Index 197
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