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.