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The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland (Cambridge World Archaeology)

The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland (Cambridge World Archaeology) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Bradley
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Sited at the furthest limits of the Neolithic revolution and standing at the confluence of the two great sea routes of prehistory, Britain and Ireland are distinct from continental Europe for much of the prehistoric sequence. In this landmark 2007 study - the first significant survey of the archaeology of Britain and Ireland for twenty years - Richard Bradley offers an interpretation of the unique archaeological record of these islands based on a wealth of current and largely unpublished data. Bradley surveys the entire archaeological sequence over a 4,000 year period, from the adoption of agriculture in the Neolithic period to the discovery of Britain and Ireland by travellers from the Mediterranean during the later pre-Roman Iron Age. Significantly, this is the first modern account to treat Britain and Ireland on equal terms, offering a detailed interpretation of the prehistory of both islands.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6264 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (5 Mar 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AZRI4U
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well rounded text 26 Dec 2012
By ruth
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A very good, comprehensive guide to Prehistory in the British Isles and Ireland. Be aware the text begins with the neolithic, which is not clear from the title.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting though academic 19 Dec 2007
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
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I bought this to inform other reading about the genetic pre-history of the UK. Once I opened it I discovered that it is really an academic text designed to support undergraduates - this means the style is somewhat dry (though well written) compared to the rather more coffee table book I was expecting.

On that basis I have rated 3* - quite possibly a more academic reader would rate it higher.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative 17 Feb 2014
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I had expected this to be a little dull and dry but in fact it was neither. While he does not patronize the general reader it provides a good overview of the prehistory of the area covering the main trends while not getting bogged down in too many details. It is difficult to think of a better introduction to pre-Roman Britain, and never Romanised Ireland.
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