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Neolithic Britain And Ireland [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Caroline Malone
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31 Oct 2001
A comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the archaeology of the first farming communities in Britain and Ireland. Aimed towards the student readership, this book provides an account of the archaeology of Britain and Ireland over the period c.4000 - 2000 BC. The Neolithic is presented as a transformation of economic and technical customs and skills that led to new levels of social complexity and monument building. The chapters introduce many of the current debates and discussions in Neolithic studies, but these are set against the secure base of the rich archaeological record which is described and illustrated. Material is presented through case studies in chapters on landscape change and economic diversity, causewayed enclosures, settlement and houses, the classic Neolithic monuments (barrows and megalithic tombs, henges, cursues, stone circles), and the complex range of artefacts that characterise the Neolithic. The wider issues of the Neolithic are set in context, and the reader will be able to assess the evidence and variety of the archaeology of Britain and Iraland against the broad trends of Europe and beyong. Lists of sites and museums to visit and an extensive biblography offer opportunities for further research and exploration. Caroline Malone began her careet as Curator of the Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury, before working as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments. She has been Keeper of Prehistory at the British Museum, a Fellow of New Hall and Senior Tutor of Hughs Hall in Cambridge as well as Lecturer in Archaeology at Bristol and Cambridge universities. She is currently Reader in Prehistoric Archaeology and Queen's University, Belfast. Her fieldwork has included sites and landscapes in Scotland, Italy, Sicily and Malta.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; illustrated edition edition (31 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752414429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752414423
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Malone began her career as Curator of the Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury, before working as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments. She has been Keeper of Prehistory at the British Museum, a Fellow of New Hall and Senior tutor of Hughes Hall in Cambridge as well as Lecturer in Archaeology at Bristol and Cambridge universities. She is currently Reader in Prehistoric Archaeology at Queen's University, Belfast. Her fieldwork has included sites and landscapes in Scotland, Italy, Sicily and Malta.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good guide to archaeology of first farmers 23 Aug 2003
There are now quite a few books written about trying to get into the minds and hearts of the neolithic peoples of Britain eg those of Julian Thomas, Mark Edmonds and Richard Bradley.They are about understanding ritual landscapes.Caroline Malone has written a much needed "meat and potatoes" book focusing on describing the physical remains.It is aimed at undergraduates but will also serve very well the "megalith enthusiast" and general public. Indeed anyone who want to better understand the barrows, tombs and stone circles they find in the landscape, and the artitacts in museum display cases.I certainly would have benefited from it in my rambles around the antiquities of the Peak District and Cornwall.The eight chapters cover: living of the land,domestic settlements, causewayed enclosures, burials and tombs, monumental landscape(henges and stone circles), artefacts technology and craftsmen, and the "neolithic achievement".It presents the neolithic as an "age of transformation of skills and customs leading to new levels of social complexity". There are plenty of illustrations (180 odd), a lot more than your typical university textbook which make it more appealing for the general public.Malone has 14 pages at the end of sites to visit (with map reference and divided up by county for ease of exploration)and even a list good museums ( with the hot neolithic picks marked with a star)and societies you can join to learn more. The bibliography runs to 8 pages so you won't run out of reading on specific types of monuments. The only quibble is that it would have been good to have a few maps showing the county boundaries and where all the sites to visit actually are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, rubbish printing 20 Feb 2014
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Excellent, very interesting and clearly written introduction to the neolithic in Britain.

Unfortunately the entire first chapter is ruined by a print fault. All or parts of many of the pages are blank, thus making it very difficult to follow the sense. My archaeological friends tell me this is well known and apparently affects the whole of this edition of the book. I am astonished that the vendors sell it in this state
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