"Scant certainly is the justice that any reviewer can hope to mete, within the limits of his space, to a book of this scope. I should do much less than justice were I not to confess my belief that this is one of the best books of the decade on European prehistory, that its faults are more invigorating than most books' virtues, that it is required reading, inspiring reading, and often inspired writing." --Geoffrey Bibby, American Anthropologist "It is a volume which the reader will come back to again and again, each time to his own benefit.... [I]t is an extremely valuable contribution to the literature on this subject. It is a book which exhibits the breadth of scholarship as well as provocative and stimulating ideas which we associate with Piggott and is a book which very few prehistorians could have undertaken so successfully. We are once again indebted to Professor Piggot." --C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, American Antiquity "Piggott's enquiry into the ancient origins of historical Europe is original, closely argues, and fascinating.... [T]his landmark in archeological writing will gain many converts among layman and specialist alike." --Robert J. Rodden, Science "[I]t discusses clearly and succinctly the events that the author views as of primary importance in European prehistory, and the book is lavishly illustrated.... Piggott has provided the reader with a most valuable bibliography.... [I]t is a valuable contribution to the literature on this subject." --C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, The American Historical Review
About the Author
Stuart Piggott (1910-1996) taught later European prehistory to Honors students in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, where he held the Abercromy Chair. He retired from the Chair in 1977, and in 1983 he received the gold medal of the Society of Antiquaries of London, as well as the Grahame Clark medal of the British Academy in 1992. He was most known for his work on prehistoric Wessex.