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4.0 out of 5 stars Good local story, 5 Oct 2001
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This review is from: Seahenge: A Contemporary Chronicle (Paperback)
This is an excellent example of how a local writer and publisher can reach places you don't find in national publications. I particularly like Champion's stories about the discovery of the timbers, the trouble with 'Druids' and what he calls the 'Time Team Trauma'. His archaeology isn't always spot on (eg these days few archaeologists anywhere in Europe believe in 'Beaker People' and 'great migrations' from Spain into Britain, preferring to see the pots, metal objects and so on that characterise certain graves as a group of traditions and artefact styles that was selectively adopted by different peoples). But Champion is not an archaeologist, and to a certain extent, if he gets it wrong it's the archaeologists to blame as much as him. This is a good read, with lots of photos, that takes you close to what it felt like to be around Holme when Seahenge was found and rescued, and it's valuable to have the balanced impressions of a 'local' put on record. Mike Pitts
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4.0 out of 5 stars A highly readable account of a controversial subject., 28 Sep 2001
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This review is from: Seahenge: A Contemporary Chronicle (Paperback)
Perhaps best described as a local guide to the strange goings on at Holme in North Norfolk, this is a concise, well illustrated discussion of the discovery of Seahenge and the controversy and debate that surrounded it. Although written before much of the evidence had been closely studied, this book does attempt to put the monument into context. What was it for and who built it? Matthew Champion details the initial discovery of the ancient timber circle and chronicles, in great detail, the strange events that surrounded its excavation. Perhaps more importantly he examines some of the wider issues raised by the circles discovery. Who decides the future of Britain's past? Must a historic site be saved at any cost - even against the wishes of the majority? This is a publication that should be read by anyone who has an interest in archaeology and, in particular, by the archaeologists themselves.
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Seahenge: A Contemporary Chronicle by M. Champion (Paperback - 31 May 2000)
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