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4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking through the Mesolithic
This volume could easily be (mis)understood to be an overview of the Mesolithic period in Britain. Instead, it is a series of essays that look at different themes with a view to what new research is telling us about, for instance, 'technology', 'subsistence', and 'landscape'. They discuss how the Mesolithic could be better understood by adjusting how the issues concerned...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strictly for the professional!
I've recently become interested in the Mesolithic period, and wanted a book that would tell a non-specialist like me how people in that era lived and died. However, this volume isn't it. The 'new approaches' sound promising but they're often couched in impenetrable jargon that manages to sound both pretentious and ridiculous at the same time. I don't think Mesolithic...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking through the Mesolithic, 5 Mar. 2012
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This volume could easily be (mis)understood to be an overview of the Mesolithic period in Britain. Instead, it is a series of essays that look at different themes with a view to what new research is telling us about, for instance, 'technology', 'subsistence', and 'landscape'. They discuss how the Mesolithic could be better understood by adjusting how the issues concerned are approached. There is no attempt to synthesise chronologically or regionally, so the student or interested reader who is not a specialist will search in vain for a summary of what is currently known either about the period c.9000BC to 4000BC in different parts of Britain, or in terms of (chronological) historical development.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strictly for the professional!, 25 Oct. 2013
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I've recently become interested in the Mesolithic period, and wanted a book that would tell a non-specialist like me how people in that era lived and died. However, this volume isn't it. The 'new approaches' sound promising but they're often couched in impenetrable jargon that manages to sound both pretentious and ridiculous at the same time. I don't think Mesolithic women and men, busy exploiting their environment and keeping themselves alive, would have had much truck with 'the shape of space' or 'gender boundaries'. I know that a professional archaeologist or anthropologist wouldn't have such problems, but it wasn't the sort of book I wanted, and having looked at several alternatives, I think there's a need for an up to date and straightforward overview of this fascinating period - which saw Britain become an island, and huge changes in our flora, fauna and landscape - that would appeal to an ordinary person without specialist knowledge.
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