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The Significance of Monuments: On the Shaping of Human Experience in Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe Hardcover – 26 Feb 1998

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (26 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415152038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415152037
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,113,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Bradley is Professor of Archaeology at Reading University. Current interests include landscape archaeology and rock art. Recent books include Altering the Earth and Rock Art and the Prehistory of Atlantic Europe. He is the general editor of the Routledge Journal World Archaeology.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Sanderson (l.sanderson1@ntlworld.com on 8 Jun. 2002
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I enjoyed this book very much and had difficulty putting it down.
Links were made between houses to live in and monuments, which threw light on the possible meaning and function of monuments. Evidence was drawn from archeological studies in the UK and Northern Europe spanning the period from the megalithic to the late neolithic.I would describe it as a scholarly book with a strong empirical approach. At the same time the implications drawn from the evidence are exciting so that it felt a bit like reading a detective story.
It is well written so that as a non archeologist I was able to follow it without difficutlty. At the same time it is an academic book with a lot to offer the established archeologist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. T. Young on 15 April 2005
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This book provides an excellent overview of prehistoric monuments and introduces certain key concepts which have changed the way we interpret them. It's not an 'easy' read though - very suitable for students studying archaeology at University.
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Richard Bradley has some excellent ideas on the form and use of monuments in both the Early Neolithic and the Late Neolithic/ Early Bronze Age transition. In some cases recent work has superceded the information available and the Middle Neolithic cursus monuments are not considered, possibly as they don't fall into the patterns that are proposed. The great strength of this book is that Richard Bradley goes well beyond a physical description of these monuments by providing a well reasoned discussion on the evolving ideas that shaped changes in the form of the monuments.
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By AuntieAnnie on 18 Oct. 2014
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very good thank you :-)
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The significance of monuments 18 May 2005
By Hallstatt Prince - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author explores the 'human experience of time and place'  from the Later Mesolithic Period through the transformations in the archaeological record that occur in many areas during the Bronze Age. His contention is people's involvement with monuments was central to the creation of new senses of time and place, and that this helped in the transition to new types of settlements and agriculture. Interesting ideas but to this reviewer the reasons the author gives that the "sacred place" gave rise to settlement and agricultural sites instead of the chronology occurring the other way around or simultaneously are in the end not completely convincing.

An interesting book short yet well written and full of illustrations.

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An intersting persepctive well argued 20 Nov. 2008
By Lynne Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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I borrowed this book from the library, along with many others by this prolific author. I soon knew that I would have to buy it, there is so much in the book I will want to return to.

Unlike another reviewer, I did find the argument convincing - that the social significance of the monuments enabled settling and agriculture. But this book offers much more - it gives a really comprehensive overview of the sequence of monuments from the Neolithic through the Bronze Age into the Iron Age. Bradley also places these monuments within their landscape.

There is a great deal to think about as a result of reading this book - Bradley is talking about people of the same species, intelligence and life needs as us. They built extraordinary monuments, but what fascinates me most is why. Bradley presents the changes over time as the lifestyle changed from hunter gatherer to large agricultural settlements. The fact that the change was the gradual process that Bradley presents, and that the monuments were a significant catalyst to that change, is intriguing.
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