Prehistoric Britain

Prehistoric Britain

Paperback Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology

Edited by Joshua Pollard


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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 244mm x 22mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1405125462
  • ISBN 13: 9781405125468
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, maps, figures
  • Sales rank: 517,495

Product description

Informed by the latest research and in-depth analysis, Prehistoric Britain provides students and scholars alike with a fascinating overview of the development of human societies in Britain from the Upper Paleolithic to the end of the Iron Age. Offers readers an incisive synthesis and much-needed overview of current research themes Includes essays from leading scholars and professionals who address the very latest trends in current research Explores the interpretive debates surrounding major transitions in British prehistory

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Author information

Joshua Pollard is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Bristol. Since 1999, he has been actively engaged in fieldwork on the late Neolithic monument complexes at Avebury and Stonehenge in southern England. Dr Pollard is the UK editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology and has published several books, including Avebury (with Mark Gillings, 2004), and Monuments and Material Culture (editor, with Rosamund Cleal, 2004).

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"Prehistoric Britain provides a compact and generally very readable summary of the state of thought within a broad segment of the British archaeological community in the first decade of the 21st century." (Journal of Field Archaeology, 2009) "Excellent chapters ... .Needham's consideration of the exchange of objects over nine millennia to 1000 BC, informed by perspectives drawn in particular from Godelier, is a tour-de-force mixing generalization and pertinent case studies." (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, June 2009) "What a grand surprise! Here is an important study of prehistoric Britain written in clear English!" (CHOICE, June 2009) "Prehistoric Britain offers an excellent outline of the major themes and approaches that will, no doubt, be the main theatres of debate over the next few years. ... A worthy addition to any bookshelf." (Rosetta, May 2009) "This contains 14 excellent papers, mostly covering small-scale regional case studies from the early neolithic to the iron age. ... Goldhahn's tale of barrows and the chapters on houses by Boria and Gerritsen are very readable." (British Archaeology, March 2009) "This collection meets admirably the aims of the Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology series, which seeks to 'immerse readers in fundamental archaeological ideas and concepts ... thereby exposing [them] to some of the most exciting contemporary developments in the field.' ... An excellent way of taking the pulse of recent British prehistory." (Antiquity, March 2009)

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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.

Table of contents

List of Figures. List of Tables. Notes on Contributors. Acknowledgements. 1. The Construction of Prehistoric Britain: Joshua Pollard (University of Bristol). 2. The British Upper Palaeolithic: Paul Pettitt (University of Sheffield). 3. The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in Britain: Julian Thomas (University of Manchester). 4. Foodways and Social Ecologies from the Early Mesolithic to the Early Bronze Age: Rick Schulting (University of Oxford). 5. Temporary Spaces in the Mesolithic and Neolithic: Understanding Landscapes: Lesley McFadyen (University of Leicester). 6. The Architecture of Monuments: Vicki Cummings (University of Central Lancashire). 7. Lithic Technology and the Chaine Operatoire: Chantal Conneller (University of Manchester). 8. How the Dead Live: Mortuary Practices, Memory and the Ancestors in Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain and Ireland: Andrew Jones (University of Southampton). 9. The Development of an Agricultural Countryside: David Field. 10. Foodways and Social Ecologies from the Middle Bronze Age to Late Iron Age: Jacqui Mulville (University of Cardiff). 11. The Architecture of Routine Life: Joanna Bruck (University College Dublin). 12. Later Prehistoric Landscapes and Inhabitation: Robert Johnston (University of Sheffield). 13. Ceramic Technologies and Social Relations: Ann Woodward (University of Birmingham). 14. Exchange, Object Biographies and the Shaping of Identities, 10,000-1000 B.C.: Stuart Needham (British Museum). 15. Identity, Community and the Person in Later Prehistory: Melanie Giles (University of Manchester). Index