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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (24 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415207665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415207669
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,412,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julian Thomas is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Manchester, in the UK. He specializes in the archaeology of the British Neolithic period, and in the theory and philosophy of archaeology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and has been a Vice-President of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He has been involved in a series of major archaeological field projects, including the excavation of Neolithic monumental complexes at Dunragit and Holywood in south-west Scotland, and has been one of the directors of the Stonehenge Riverside Project. Together with Dr Keith Ray he is presently undertaking fieldwork in south-west Herefordshire, including excavation on a Neolithic long mound on Dorstone Hill.

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec. 2000
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In this book, Dr Thomas has examined much of the evidence about the Neolithic and has sought to re-interpret the society that produced it. In doing so he has revealed as untenable many of the truisms long held about early farming societies and has looked with a fresh eye on the familiar,and revealing the circularity of many of the established arguments long assumed to be fact Many of Dr Thomas' conclusions seem at once obvious and revolutionary, building up new theories from that which can be demonstrated to be fact. This is not an easy read. Dr Thomas is both challenging and complex in his analysis and interpretation of the available evidence. What he has achieved is a work both exciting and compelling in his convincing and original vision of Britain five millenia ago.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jo on 8 Dec. 2012
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This book is not really for the lay reader. Too many cross references to other writers and other disciplines such as sociology and psychology and if you are not familiar with modernism and post modernism and others then the point and the theory behind this book beomes very confusing. Must admit I have given up trying and I have read many books on this subject without having formal qualificatilons in the subject.
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this book was on my university reading list and has been very useful throughout all three years of my archaeology course. good qua lit and good price, and arrived much more quickly than i expected.
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By A. Hamilton-Gibney on 18 Oct. 2014
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very good thank you :-)
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Useful text, not sure about understanding 21 Sept. 2014
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As with all archaeology texts, you can trust what is stated as an observation as fact - observations don't tend to change - but anything stated as theory/interpretation will always change as new information comes to light. Do not, therefore, come to this book hoping to actually understand the Neolithic, or to discover truth. It is not just fictional archaeologists who distrust "truths". This book is, however, a marvellous guide to what has been found, what was known at the time of publication, and what narratives best fit the facts available. Because archaeological books don't tend to repeat previous books, it is valuable to have to get a complete picture, of the subject and the discipline.
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