Prehistoric Britain from the Air: A Study of Space, Time and Society

Prehistoric Britain from the Air: A Study of Space, Time and Society

Hardback Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology

By (author) Timothy Darvill


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  • Format: Hardback | 305 pages
  • Dimensions: 226mm x 278mm x 28mm | 1,379g
  • Publication date: 4 July 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521551323
  • ISBN 13: 9780521551328
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 146 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 1,665,501

Product description

This book provides a bird's-eye look at the monumental achievements of Britain's earliest inhabitants. Britain had been occupied by prehistoric communities for over half a million years before the Roman Conquest. During this time many changes were wrought in the landscape, some of them so indelibly scored that they are still visible today. The unique bird's-eye perspective offered by the aerial camera brings to life many of the familiar sites and monuments that prehistoric communities built, and exposes to view many thousands of sites that simply cannot be seen at ground level because they have become buried or levelled by centuries of ploughing and cultivation. In this book, Timothy Darvill introduces the ways in which aerial photographs reveal traces of the prehistoric past, illustrating and describing a wide selection of archaeological sites and landscapes, and, for the first time, applying social archaeology to the field of aerial photography.

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'Timothy Darvill demonstrates the value of aerial photography in social archaeology throughout, and the candid style of the text thoroughly complements the visual impact of the images ... anyone with an interest in the prehistory of Britain will marvel at this wonderful collection of photographs and ideas.' 3rd Stone

Table of contents

Preface and acknowledgements; Glossary; List of photographs; 1. Prehistory from the air; 2. Hunting, gathering and fishing communities; 3. Camps and gathering places; 4. Farmsteads and fields; 5. Villages and towns; 6. Forts and strongholds; 7. Frontiers, boundaries and trackways; 8. Tombs, burial grounds and cemeteries; 9. Ritual and ceremonial monuments; 10. Industrial sites; 11. Mounds, rings and hill-figures; 12. Continuity and change: prehistory and the landscape; Notes; Sources and references; Index.