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5.0 out of 5 stars Not-Mad Rock Star Writes Guide for Heads and Scholars Alike, 18 Jan 1999
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This review is from: The Modern Antiquarian: A Pre-millennial Odyssey Through Megalithic Britain : Including a Gazetteer to Over 300 Prehistoric Sites (Hardcover)
So after 8 years of research not-mad rock and popster Julian Cope finally finishes the Modern Antiquarian. The gazeteer, wipe-clean cover and rainbow pages we were always promised are there as are poems and a collection of essays. The essay section won't make the archaeologists happy, but hopefully it will make them think. The sections on landscape temples are especially good. Some might find the etymosophy hard to swallow but just wait till the sequel 'Let Me Talk To The Driver' is published, Er...Look Out! The gazeteer triumphs where others fall short by having a full page and colour photo for almost all the sites covered as well as a description and notes written in the field. Some sites even get one of the aforementioned poems (over 50 of them) my personal favorite was the one for Knapp Hill, which begins 'On Knapp Hill I eat my Snot, For 'tis the only food I've Got'. Julian visited every site in the book and took most of the excellent photographs (unlike the famous archaeologist who wrote a whole paper on the Clava Cairns in Scotland without once leaving his office). All in all the Modern Antiquarian in a scholarly and visionary book which should set the archaeologists talking (if ever they decide to leave their offices).
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