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Ancestral Geographies of the Neolithic: Landscapes, Monuments and Memory

Ancestral Geographies of the Neolithic: Landscapes, Monuments and Memory [Kindle Edition]

Mark Edmonds , Barbara Bender
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Archaeological evidence suggests that Neolithic sites had many different, frequently contradictory functions, and there may have been other uses for which no evidence survives. How can archaeologists present an effective interpetation, with the consciousness that both their own subjectivity, and the variety of conflicting views will determine their approach.
Because these sites have become a focus for so much controversy, the problem of presenting them to the public assumes a critical importance. The authors do not seek to provide a comprehensive review of the archaeology of all these causewayed sites in Britain; rather they use them as case studies in the development of an archaeological interpetation.

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Mark Edmonds is Senior Lecturer in landscape archaeology at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Stone Tools and Society.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1380 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415076773
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (4 Jan 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA5XU2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
mark edmonds says in the unusual post script that he wanted the book to be experimental. well it is all that but not really an original format. this type of parralell narrative was first used by anthropology writers(ruth tringham was one of the first). edmonds uses the characters in his narrative to explain the chapters of his work. however the storyline in the narrative passages is weak, the characters seam to have 20th century values, and the whole book suffers because of this. there is a warm and fuzzy feel to the whole storyline, you must ask if these characters are supposed to be living in the neolithic, why are they so nice? they do nothing to argue with each other, there are no power polotics no inter group struggles for land or cattle.the illustrations in the book are awful, there are elementry errors in most of them,north arrows missing from maps and plans for instance. there are some good drawings of neolithic pots but they are not real pots but just made up ones.the use of photo montage instead of factual photography detracts from a very interesting subject.the photograph on the front cover is of gray hill in wiltshire however it has been printed back to front, this is an unforgettable mistake on the cover of a forgettable book. edmonds also does the book no favours by leaving out the in text references, without these as a student you cannot quote from the book! i could not recomend this book to an impressionable archaeology student, it is a good read though, very much like jim crace's gift of stones...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read 7 Jan 2001
By Anna Johnson-Betty - Published on
'Ancestral Geographies of the Neolithic: Landscape, Monuments and Memory' (AGN) is a useful and thought-provoking work that brings together the experience and imagination of an archaeologist of the Neolithic. Mark Edmonds uses short fictional pieces to bring to life his knowledge and understanding of Neolithic Britain: the result is very interesting and useful.
One of the problems with studying the prehistoric is the dry and exceedingly complicated research papers and books. It is impossible for me to understand a period in time without some sort of mental image of real people living in that period. So often writers forget that while *they* have such an understanding, their readers do not. Edmonds addresses the needs of both Neolithic newbie and Neolithic expert in his book by taking the Neolithic and using short fictional pieces to try and bring the objects and places to life. He does so carefully, and it is clear to me that his synthesis of the material has made me understand his argument far more clearly than other methods. The material gains coherence and reality, and it underlines part of his thesis about the nature of 'ritual' and 'mundane' space.
In addition, Edmonds' writing has a remarkable clarity. Often in archaeology, I find myself wading through practically incomprehensible paragraphs. Despite the intimidating title, AGN did not sacrifice plain argument for technical expertise. It was a pleasure to work through AGN's complex theses without first having to struggle through paragraph-long sentences using deliberately specialized terminology.
I am not a specialist in the Neolithic. Others may take umbrage at Edmonds' use of 'created reality' to present his material. I think that the format he chose (short piece followed by argument and presentation of material) is useful because it clearly expresses his assumptions. Anyone who claims to understand a particular society or set of societies and claims not to have imagined those worlds in their heads is fooling herself - or is not the proper person for the job. Part of how we explore and grasp the remains of the past is to imagine, and I really appreciate how AGN brings this process forward. Edmonds makes deliberate use of fiction to reconstruct the past, taking what has been a 'behind the scenes' process and laying it out before the reader.
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