Walk into Prehistory: Discovering Over Forty of the Greatest Ancient Sites of Britain and Ireland

Walk into Prehistory: Discovering Over Forty of the Greatest Ancient Sites of Britain and Ireland


By (author) Bill Bevan

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  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 260mm x 306mm x 22mm | 1,501g
  • Publication date: 27 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 071123177X
  • ISBN 13: 9780711231771
  • Illustrations note: 196 colour photographs and maps
  • Sales rank: 459,161

Product description

A unique illustrated guidebook to walking 40 of Britain and Ireland's most important and impressive prehistoric monuments. Ranging from stone circles and henges to hillforts and burial chambers, Bill Bevan describes how these monuments were deliberately built and located to be seen and approached from certain directions. Processional routes led to ceremonies at stone circles, henges and tombs. Hillforts were built and designed to look imposing from specific directions to deter potential attackers. There are even ancient long-distance paths like the Ridgeway which are accessible today. The walks lead you back in time from the modern landscape to reconstruct in the mind's eye what the prehistoric landscape would have looked like. The history and significance of each monument is discussed and generously illustrated with new colour photographs. For each walk there is a specially commisioned colour map and directions and there are also grid references, OS map recommendations and difficulty gradings, with family friendly walks highlighted. From Stonehenge to Skara Brae, from the imposing hillfort at Tre'r Ceiri to the Newgrange tomb illuminated by the midwinter sunrise, this book helps you to follow in the footsteps of the people who created Britain's extraordinary ancient heritage.

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Author information

Over 21 years as an archaeologist Bill Bevan has written four books and numerous articles about archaeology, prehistory and history including Ancient Peakland (2007). As a photographer Bill has spent the last two years working on the Stonehenge Riverside Project to create a pictorial document of the archaeologists at work, with unprecedented access to photograph inside the circle. Bill has appeared on Channel 4's Time Team, and was a consultant to BBC TV's Time Flyers.

Review quote

This is a superb book: I can recommend it without reservation. -- Francis Pryor BBC Countryfile This lovely book would make a treasured Christmas present for the right person. Keswick Reminder Bill Bevan's fascinating tome, featuring walks around some of Britain's impressive prehistoric sites... Stunning photographs will ensure they are wowed. Westmorland Gazette 5*: They were special places and this book treats them with the honour and respect they deserve. This is a superb book: I can recommend it without reservation. BBC Countryfile "Some spectacular photos and the locations of many of these places are stunning." -- John McCarthy Excess Baggage - Radio 4 Bevan's step-by-step descriptions feel like being led through the monuments by an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable guide...This is a wonderful book sit and pore over, seeking inspiration for your next adventure. Current Archaeology Bill Bevan's outstanding photography shines in the guide to walking 40 ancient sites in Britain and Ireland. The immensely knowledgeable text provides an authoritative guide to well known and lesser-known sites. WALK magazine We are indebted to people like Bill Bevan for providing us with some signposts to help us find our way back into the extraordinarily rich prehistory of our islands. TGO: The Great Outdoors Editor's choice: A treasury of Britain's prehistoric monuments. Good Book Guide

Table of contents

IRELAND Uragh Beaghmore Stone Circle Newgrange Hill of Tara Navan Fort Carrowkeel Poulnabrone SCOTLAND Balnuaran of Clava Callanish Dun Carloway Skara Brae Ring of Brodgar Stones of Stenness Maes Howe Watch Stone Broch of Gurness Kilmartin Loanhead of Daviot Glenelg brochs Camster Grey Cairns and Hill O'Many Staines NORTHERN ENGLAND Castlerigg Mayburgh King Arthur's Round Table Yeavering Mam Tor Arbor Low SOUTHERN ENGLAND Ridgeway Avebury Stonehenge Maiden Castle Dartmoor Chysauster British Camp WALES Bryn Cader Faner Tre'r Ceiri hillfort Foel Drygarn hillfort Pentre Ifan Bryn Celli Ddu burial chamber