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Iron Age Communities in Britain: An account of England, Scotland and Wales from the Seventh Century BC until the Roman Conquest [Paperback]

Barry Cunliffe
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21 Aug 2009
Since its first publication in 1971, Barry Cunliffe's monumental survey has established itself as a classic of British archaeology. This fully revised fourth edition maintains the qualities of the earlier editions, whilst taking into account the significant developments that have moulded the discipline in recent years. Barry Cunliffe here incorporates new theoretical approaches, technological advances and a range of new sites and finds, ensuring that Iron Age Communities in Britain remains the definitive guide to the subject.

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (21 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415562929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415562928
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is an important and original book, dealing not simply with Iron Age archaeology, but with the very foundations of British society." - Colin Renfrew

"This is an occasion for celebration...the book is readable, abundantly illustrated and has full bibliographic references. Its severest critic should give it a resounding welcome." - Stanley Thomas, New Scientist

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Barry Cunliffe is Professor of European Archaeology at Oxford University and a Trustee of the British Museum.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference book 18 Feb 2011
I like Barry Cunliffe's approach to pre-Roman Britain and I'm delighted to have this among my reference books. He describes the different regions of Britain and the different ways in which they were farmed, lived in and defended. It's a sensible book which smashes a lot of romantic myths about the Warrior Celts. Prof Cunliffe talks knowledgeably about farming which, after all, was the main occupation of British people in the Iron Age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Presenting the Evidence 27 Nov 2012
By Hispano
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As a (hopefully) intelligent general reader I was interested to get a sense of what kind of culture, economy, society existed here, and how far it had developed, when the Romans first stepped on our shores. I started with Francis Pryor's "Britain BC". If an overview is all you want, stop there. It's very good. Wanting a bit more detail about the evidence (and a bit less speculation) I moved on to Timothy Darvill's "Prehistoric Britain" which is excellent and highly recommended. Barry Cunliffes' "Iron Age Communities in Britain" is a different kind of animal. It is dealing with the last milennium before the Romans came. It is a brilliant scholarly overview of that period, and presents a highly detailed selection of the evidence available at the time of writing (2005) - indeed this is the stated purpose of the book. It is very well written, it's quite wonderful, but it is hard work - so only come here if you're very very keen to know more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manageable for a knowledgable amateur 11 Dec 2012
By ohdear
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As a non professional attendee of archaeology courses and lectures this is a manageable read. Not to much dry academic detail but enough interest to engage the brain. It will also keep me occupied for quite a while!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Age 14 Nov 2010
The ultimate guide to Iron Age Britain for the student through to the proffessional Archaeologist. The paperback has made this academic book availaible and affordable to all.
One comment made on the above scentance said this review was of no help if you have not seen the hardback version of the book. For futher help, the author is one of the leading Archaeologist in this particular area (the Iron Age) and with each updated edition of this book further updated research seems to have been added. Barry Cunliffe covers the development of the iron age across the whole of UK with text and illistration and uses his vast experience to bring the Iron Age archaeological record to life.
If this review does not help you to buy the book one way or the other, I would go to a library, or remember there is a return service!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Roman Britain 8 May 2011
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This is an excellent account of the development of Celtic Britain and will appeal to all with an interest in the early history of this country.
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