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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging and Superb, 1 July 2010
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This is the type of book that Archaeology has needed for a long long time.

It wears its scholastic depth lightly and it is very well written. Lots of contenious and challenging
stuff here but it has the firm underpinning of academic work to support it.

Ignore Wilmington's tired pseudo scholastic criticism ( if you cant work out how artefacts traded at sea ports make their way inland then...jeeeeez ) ....

Face it are you going to take a chance on purchasing this book on the basis of:
Cunliffe...President, Council for British Archaeology, menber of the Ancient Monuments Advisory Committee of English Heritage, since 1984, Member, Advisory Committee of The Discovery Programme (Ireland), since 1991, Governor, Museum of London
Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of London , Chair, Advisory Committee for the e-journal Internet Archaeology
Knighted on 17 June 2006, Chair of English Heritage in September 2008 and Chairman of The British Museum Friends or...some bloke on Amazon...?

Cracking book...dont have to agree with everything in it but its a superb bit of work.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2010 19:46:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Oct 2010 19:49:00 BDT
pfvll says:
Wilmington's criticisms are not "pseudo" at all. They are serious comments based on hard evidence that require answers.

Doesn't mean you shouldn't read Cunliffe, of course, to get both sides of the argument, but don't accept Cunliffe without checking out the considerable evidence that Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain received population, culture and technology from the East and Europe as the Ice Age faded and Northern Europe became warm enough to support a larger population and farming.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2011 16:10:43 BDT
Seán says:
Exactly right. They are perfectly valid points. And as for Cunliffe's eminence, yes, he is an eminent archaeologist specializing in Western Europe in the Bronze Age, but he speculates in areas of historical linguistics which are not his area of expertise. Those who oppose him like Mallory have set out their views and their evidence (linguistic, archaeological and other) in great detail - we have yet to see any real evidence from Cunliffe. There certainly isn't any here!
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