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The momentum provided by ongoing fieldwork and innovative archaeological interpretation is pushing British prehistory to the forefront of contemporary archaeological research. Prehistoric Britain taps into and incorporates the very latest archaeological findings to provide a fascinating overview of the development of human societies in Britain from the Upper Palaeolithic to the end of the Iron Age.
Breaking free of the constraints of traditional, period-based narratives, Prehistoric Britain offers readers an incisive synthesis and much-needed overview of current research themes. The book presents a series of essays from leading scholars and professionals who address the very latest trends in current research. Drawing upon original, innovative fieldwork and in-depth analysis, Prehistoric Britain provides a thorough examination of the issues central to the study of British prehistory.
|Series:||Wiley Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology Series , #10|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)|
Table of Contents
List of Figures vii
List of Tables x
Notes on Contributors xi
1 The Construction of Prehistoric Britain Joshua Pollard 1
2 The British Upper Palaeolithic Paul Pettitt 18
3 The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in Britain Julian Thomas 58
4 Foodways and Social Ecologies from the Early Mesolithic to the Early Bronze Age Rick Schulting 90
5 Temporary Spaces in the Mesolithic and Neolithic: Understanding Landscapes Lesley McFadyen 121
6 The Architecture of Monuments Vicki Cummings 135
7 Lithic Technology and the Chaine Operatoire Chantal Conneller 160
8 How the Dead Live: Mortuary Practices, Memory and the Ancestors in Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain and Ireland Andrew Jones 177
9 The Development of an Agricultural Countryside David Field 202
10 Foodways and Social Ecologies from the Middle Bronze Age to Late Iron Age Jacqui Mulville 225
11 The Architecture of Routine Life Joanna Bruck 248
12 Later Prehistoric Landscapes and Inhabitation Robert Johnston 268
13 Ceramic Technologies and Social Relations Ann Woodward 288
14 Exchange, Object Biographies and the Shaping of Identities, 10,000-1000 B.C. Stuart Needham 310
15 Identity, Community and the Person in Later Prehistory Melanie Giles 330
What People are Saying About This
"The book provides a useful introduction to some of the current themes in British prehistoric archaeology. It is well suited to an international audience with an interest in archaeological theory."
Richard Bradley, Reading University
"Wide-ranging, forward-thinking and thought-provoking, these essays will serve both as an excellent starting point for anyone interested in prehistoric Britain and as a stimulus to debate."
Alasdair Whittle, Cardiff University