From the Back Cover
In the Spring of 1998 a circle of prehistoric timbers, exposed by the receding tide, was found projecting from the sands of a Norfolk beach. The site, soon to become known as 'Seahenge', would prove to be the most remarkable controversial and highly publicised archaeological find in Britain for many years.
The beach was known to be eroding fast, and the timbers were threatened with imminent destruction. Something had to be done. This book is the story of the operation to save the Seahenge timbers; but more than that, it is the story of the archaeologist Francis Pryor's personal quest in search of prehistoric Britain.
Since 1971 Francis Pryor has been engaged in the archaeological exploration of the Fens, Britain's largest natural wetland. In pre-Roman times this was a prosperous landscape, populated by farmers who earned their living mainly through livestock. But as Pryor's excavations progressed it became apparent that there was another dimension to their lives: the land they farmed was closely linked to a parallel world, that of the ancestors whose shades lingered around sacred sites in the landscape. Over the course of thirty years, Francis Pryor's work has revealed remarkable glimpses of a mysterious world of religion, worship and ceremonial, as well as countless fascinating details of Daily life in Bronze Age Britain.
'Seahenge' is the result of half a lifetimes research into Britain's prehistoric past and the extraordinary riches that lie, unsuspected, just beneath our feet. Francis Pryor reveals that despite its modern scientific image, archaeology is still largely about unexpected discovery and intuitive insights. He also describes how recent scientific techniques enable us to reveal hitherto unknown truths about ancient life and beliefs, and to retrieve the lost world of the prehistoric imagination.
About the Author
Francis Pryor is President of the Council for British Archaeology and a prominent field archaeologist who has devoted his professional life to the excavation of wetland landscapes in eastern England. He has been a central figure in the so-called ‘Wetland Revolution’ of British archaeology, and has published a number of specialist monographs on his discoveries. This is his first book for a wide general audience.