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

Richard Bradley
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5 Mar 2007 Cambridge World Archaeology
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offers an interpretation of the unique archaeological record of these islands based on a wealth of current and largely unpublished data.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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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (5 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521612705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521612708
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 18 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'… this provocative book deserves to be widely read, and will stimulate much debate …' Antiquity

'… should … become a much depended upon text for the simple reason that no other can claim such a deeply and extensively researched background.' Minerva

'… full of insights based on the author's unrivalled knowledge of the material, and his skill and insight in making connections, identifying trends, and weaving new narratives.' Cambridge Archaeological Journal

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This 2007 book presents a new interpretation of the prehistory of Britain and Ireland and is the first in many years to consider both regions together. It covers Britain separating from the Continent and ends with the integration of the islands into a wider European network shortly before the Roman Conquest.

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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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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative 17 Feb 2014
By D A Booth - Published on Amazon.com
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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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