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Not what I expected, but good nonetheless!,
This review is from: Seahenge: a quest for life and death in Bronze Age Britain (Paperback)
I purchased this book, expecting to read quite a bit about the furore about the so-called 'desecration' of this site by archaeologists. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this aspect of the discovery of the monument was not the central theme of the book.
What we have here is an almost biographical account of Francis Pryor's life as an archaeologist. It starts in his early days as a post-grad student and describes his gradual acceptance of what has become his life 'quest' - investigation and interpretation of Neolithic landscapes on a wide scale. The book moves through his earlier work on Fengate and the Flag Fen area, and culminates in the Seahenge discovery, touching on the furore mentioned earlier, but using the discovery to pull together all the earlier threads in the book to put forward a coherent theory of what life was like in the Neolithic.
Because of this, I found the book to be an enjoyable, entertaining and educational read. Not so academic that it becomes difficult to follow, yet at the same time not pitched too low to become boring.
Recommended for anyone interested in the Neolithic.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2010 21:14:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Nov 2010 21:15:44 GMT
The book's subtitle is "life in Bronze Age Britain". This is not the same thing as the Neolithic.
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