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    DescriptionA lively and authoritative investigation into the lives of our ancestors, based on the revolution in the field of Bronze Age archaeology which has been taking place in Norfolk and the Fenlands over the last twenty years, and in which the author has played a central role. One of the most haunting and enigmatic archaeological discoveries of recent times was the uncovering in 1998 at low tide of the so-called Seahenge off the north coast of Norfolk. This circle of wooden planks set vertically in the sand, with a large inverted tree-trunk in the middle, likened to a ghostly 'hand reaching up from the underworld', has now been dated back to around 2020 BC. The timbers are currently (and controversially) in the author's safekeeping at Flag Fen. Francis Pryor and his wife (an expert in ancient wood-working and analysis) have been at the centre of Bronze Age fieldwork for nearly 30 years, piecing together the way of life of Bronze Age people, their settlement of the landscape, their religion and rituals. The famous wetland sites of the East Anglian Fens have preserved ten times the information of their dryland counterparts like Stonehenge and Avebury, in the form of pollen, leaves, wood, hair, skin and fibre found 'pickled' in mud and peat. Seahenge demonstrates how much Western civilisation owes to the prehistoric societies that existed in Europe in the last four millennia BC.


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    Title
    Seahenge
    Subtitle
    A Quest for Life and Death in Bronze Age Britain
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Francis Pryor
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 284 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007101924
    ISBN 10: 0007101929
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: HDDA
    DC21: 936.101
    LC subject heading: ,
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    DC22: 936.101
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC, NKD
    Illustrations note
    20 b/w plates, (+ 28 maps & diagrams)
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperPerennial
    Publication date
    07 May 2002
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Francis Pryor is President of the Council for British Archaeology and a prominent field archaeologist who has devoted his professional life to the excavation of wetland landscapes in eastern England. He has been a central figure in the so-called 'Wetland Revolution' of British archaeology, and has published a number of specialist monographs on his discoveries. He appears frequently on TV's Time Team; this is his first book for a wide general audience.