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This review is from: Prehistoric Britain (Routledge World Archaeology) (Paperback)A necessarily recurrent theme in several books about prehistory is just how much is not - and is never likely to be - known. Darvill describes reconstructing prehistory as being analogous to "piecing together lengths of the movie film with various portions missing and poorly focused frames". Nevertheless, this book is a thorough and wide-ranging introduction to the prehistory of Britain that, in the end, succeeds in making sense of the principal lines of known development.
There are some excellent and informative illustrations, together with tables that summarise key topics such as the main metalworking stages in Britain between 3000 BC and 600 BC.
I am looking forward to starting a course in Archaeology and Ancient History in the next few months. This is definitely a text to which I shall return either because it will provide sufficient information itself or because the section of bibliography and further reading, which is quite substantial, contains helpful guidance on where to go next on each specialist topic.
A vein of dry humour further enlivens this excellent introduction.