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4.0 out of 5 stars good guide to archaeology of first farmers, 23 Aug 2003
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This review is from: Neolithic Britain And Ireland (Paperback)
There are now quite a few books written about trying to get into the minds and hearts of the neolithic peoples of Britain eg those of Julian Thomas, Mark Edmonds and Richard Bradley.They are about understanding ritual landscapes.Caroline Malone has written a much needed "meat and potatoes" book focusing on describing the physical remains.It is aimed at undergraduates but will also serve very well the "megalith enthusiast" and general public. Indeed anyone who want to better understand the barrows, tombs and stone circles they find in the landscape, and the artitacts in museum display cases.I certainly would have benefited from it in my rambles around the antiquities of the Peak District and Cornwall.The eight chapters cover: living of the land,domestic settlements, causewayed enclosures, burials and tombs, monumental landscape(henges and stone circles), artefacts technology and craftsmen, and the "neolithic achievement".It presents the neolithic as an "age of transformation of skills and customs leading to new levels of social complexity". There are plenty of illustrations (180 odd), a lot more than your typical university textbook which make it more appealing for the general public.Malone has 14 pages at the end of sites to visit (with map reference and divided up by county for ease of exploration)and even a list good museums ( with the hot neolithic picks marked with a star)and societies you can join to learn more. The bibliography runs to 8 pages so you won't run out of reading on specific types of monuments. The only quibble is that it would have been good to have a few maps showing the county boundaries and where all the sites to visit actually are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, rubbish printing, 20 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Neolithic Britain And Ireland (Paperback)
Excellent, very interesting and clearly written introduction to the neolithic in Britain.

Unfortunately the entire first chapter is ruined by a print fault. All or parts of many of the pages are blank, thus making it very difficult to follow the sense. My archaeological friends tell me this is well known and apparently affects the whole of this edition of the book. I am astonished that the vendors sell it in this state
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Neolithic Britain And Ireland by Caroline Malone (Paperback - 31 Oct 2001)
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