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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous update, 26 May 2009
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John Bennett (Hayle, Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cornovia: Ancient Sites of Cornwall and Scilly, 4000BC -1000AD (Hardcover)
Craig Weatherhill has updated and combined his two previous books covering the archaeology of Cornwall: Cornovia and Belerion. Craig is, among many things, a skilled surveyor and has recorded a substantial number of the archaeological sites in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with sketches, notes and details of how to find them. The new edition is in a larger format and is now in colour replete with some marvellous photographs. The book design is also a delight with good quality paper and clear typesetting.
A particular reason to upgrade from the previous editions is the inclusion, I believe uniquely, of photographs by Mike Anders in the West Cornwall section. Mike is a photographer who has specialised in archaeological remains and who uses a technique of raising the camera high above the subject using a special pole. The effect can be seen in the image of Boscawen-un circle where it is much easier to understand the surrounding context.
Even if you have the previous books I think you will greatly enjoy the new edition and I strongly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely illustrated book with guides to the ancient sites of Corwall., 21 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Cornovia: Ancient Sites of Cornwall and Scilly, 4000BC -1000AD (Hardcover)
Nicely written and illustrated. The book gives clear explanations of the ancient sites that are abundant in Cornwall. I would not hesitate to recommend Cornovia.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as advertised, 14 Oct 2009
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R. E. Cox (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cornovia: Ancient Sites of Cornwall and Scilly, 4000BC -1000AD (Hardcover)
This is a colourful gazeteer of many of the prehistoric monuments in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and is very attractive with lots of colour photos. It also has a useful long introduction to the sites and the time periods they represent.
However, for those who know the book in its previous incarnations, 'Bolerian' and 'Cornovia', it's not entirely in keeping with the blurb which states that this new edition is a combination of the earlier books. It isn't entirely, because numerous sites are missing that were there in the originals. For example, in the West Cornwall section (the previous 'Bolerian'), all the stone crosses are omitted - the author states there are too many to make room for - but numerous other sites are left out as well. It is a little disingenuous therefore to also describe the book as one of the most comprehensive on the subject. Maybe I'm a completist and this matter might not bother those who don't know the earlier books (which I still find myself referring to). However, the new book has some updated material for some of the sites, and also a few corrections, especially such as measurements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential book for those who love Cornwall, 30 Nov 2012
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Mr. Michael Chappell (Kernow/Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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Written by one of Cornwall's most renowned authors and archeologists, this book remains a masterpiece and a standard reference for those who seek the real and often hidden history of Cornwall.

With an engrossing introduction and then a wonderful directory of Cornwall's many ancient sites accompanied by drawings, plans and photographs, I treasure this book and value what I have learned from it.
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Cornovia: Ancient Sites of Cornwall and Scilly, 4000BC -1000AD by Craig Weatherhill (Hardcover - 14 April 2011)
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