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England: An Oxford Archaeological Guide to Sites from Earliest Times to AD 1600 (Oxford Archaeological Guides) [Hardcover]

Timothy Darvill , jane Timby , Paul Stamper
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14 Mar 2002 Oxford Archaeological Guides
Travelling around England is in many senses a journey back in time. On all sides, and sometimes even under the road or footpath itself, there are fragments of the ancient past side by side with the clutter of the modern world. Medieval villages, castles, ancient churches, and Roman villas are commonplace and take us back to the time of Christ. Far older, yet equally abundant, are the barrows, hillforts, stone circles, camps, standing stones, trackways, and other relics of prehistoric times that have survived for several thousand years. This Guide is all about these ancient remains: the prehistoric, Roman, and medieval sites which date from the time between the first appearance of people in what we now call England during the last Ice Age and the end of medieval times around 1600 AD.


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  • Hardcover: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (14 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192853260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192853264
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology in the School of Conservation Sciences at Bournemouth University. He has served as Chairman of the Institute of Field Archaeologists and a Member of the Council of the National Trust.Jane Timby is a freelance archaeological consultant specializing in later prehistoric, Roman, and Saxon pottery. Paul Stamper is an Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep it in the glove compartment. 7 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
A useful little book for the sunday drive or for the more adventerous with well informed info, good grid referances and a size that makes it easy to carry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 2 July 2013
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Can't complain really for the money i PAID 2ND HAND.
But the book is a little disappointing as I though there would be more diagrams and more content to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Wish I'd Found This Book Years Ago 17 Feb 2012
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If you are interested in Britain's Archaeology, and you want to see them for yourself, don't leave home without this book. Succinct but adequate detail about each site, the precise grid reference to find them, and for some Bronze Age and earlier relics, which are often difficult to locate on the ground, that is invaluable. Well written and even a glossary of terms. Money well spent.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many sites in one book 26 Jan 2009
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Oxford University Press has published a series of archaeological guidebooks. So far, seven volumes have appeared: Greece, the Holy Land, Rome, Scotland, Southern France, Spain, and England. The series is edited by Barry Cunliffe, who is professor of European archaeology at Oxford University and one of the most famous British archaeologists. As a young man he took part in the excavations of Fishbourne Palace in southern England. The official guidebook about this site is written by him. He is also the author of the official guidebook about the Roman baths in Bath.

The volume about England is written by three scholars:

** Timothy Darvill
** Paul Stamper
** Jane Timby

Their archaeological guidebook for England covers more than 500 sites from 12 regions and from nine different historical periods.

The book begins with an historical introduction (68 pages). The main section of the book is divided into twelve chapters which correspond to the twelve regions. Within each chapter, the sites are listed in alphabetical order.

The book ends with a chronological survey, a glossary, a list of museums, an annotated bibliography, and a list of relevant addresses (including websites).

The index covers only the sites. Therefore it is impossible to find important persons or topics in the index, which is a shame.

The book is illustrated with several black and white photographs and several drawings, partly maps of some cities, partly maps of some sites.

Scattered around the book there are some sidebars which cover different topics which are relevant for English archaeology and history: the druids, the Roman army, the Black Death, etc.

Some of the sites mentioned in this book I have visited myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the Publisher 19 Dec 2002
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Travelling around England is, in many senses, a journey back in time. On all sides, and sometimes even under the road itself, there are fragments of the ancient past. England is one of the richest countries in the world when it comes to visible archaeological sites, ancient buildings, and historic towns. Medieval villages, castles, ancient churches, and Roman villas are commonplace. Far older, yet equally abundant, are the barrows, hillforts, stone circles, camps, standing stones, and other relics of prehistoric times that have survived for several thousand years.
This Guide covers all these ancient remains -- ranging from the first appearance of people in what we now call England during the last Ice Age until the end of medieval times around 1600 AD. Written by three archaeologists, each a specialist in the fields of prehistoric, Roman, and medieval sites included in this Guide. Arranged in 12 regional sections, with easy-to-follow instructions on finding and visiting sites. Includes well-known sites such as Stonehenge, the Vale of the White Horse, Hadrian's Wall, Avebury, Maiden Castle, and Winchester, as well as smaller, lesser-known sites, and cities such as London and York which offer a wealth of archaeological remains. 200 photographs, plans, and maps. Introductory section providing background and context to the monuments. Extensive reference section including a glossary, further reading, and chronology. Listings of museums and their collections, contacts for further information, and internet sites.
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