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Britain BC: Life In Britain and Ireland before the Romans Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st ed edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007126921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007126927
  • Package Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Francis Pryor has given us a remarkable, imaginative and persuasive account of those other Britons… its enthusiastic and confident approach deserves to be very influential’ TLS

‘A compulsive narrative intertwining prehistory, the excitement of discovery and personalities. It bounds along, wonderfully enlivened by Pryor’s earthy enthusiasm’ New Scientist

‘There are enough curious facts, contentious theories and bizarre hypotheses here to hold the interest of anyone concerned with the unique and peculiar story of these islands’ Independent on Sunday

From the reviews of Francis Pryor’s television series on BRITAIN BC:

'Fascinating…the evangelical Pryor paints a vivid portrait of pre-Roman society that tackles received wisdom about what was going on here in the stone, bronze and iron ages' Daily Telegraph
'Fascinating' Guardian
'Pryor leaps about the country at a cracking pace, his big personality making sure we never get bored by the scant and rarefied scraps that are his stock-in-trade' Observer
'Fascinating' Independent
'Visually stunning. Pryor offers an inspiring new view of Britain before the Roman invasion' Yorkshire Post

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Traditionally, British history has been regarded as starting with the Roman Conquest. Yet this is to ignore half a million years of prehistory that still exert a profound influence on British and Irish life today. In Britain BC, Francis Pryor sets the record straight.
Aided in recent years by aerial photography and costal erosion (which has helped expose such sites as Seahenge), and by advances in scientific techniques such as radiocarbon dating and wood analysis, archaeologists have discovered compelling evidence for a much more sophisticated life among the Ancient Britons than has been previously supposed. Far from being woad-painted barbarians, the earliest inhabitants of the British Isles had developed their own religions, laws, crafts, arts, trade systems, farms and priesthood long before the Romans' brief occupation.
Examining sites from the great ceremonial landscapes of Stonehenge, Avebury and the Bend of the Boyne to small domestic settlements, and objects from precious ritual offerings to the tiny fragments of flint discarded by toolmakers, Francis Pryor, one of our leading archaeologists, has created a remarkable portrait of the life of our ancestors, in all its variety and complexity. His authoritative and radical re-examination of Britain and Ireland before the coming of the Romans makes us look afresh at the whole story of our islands.

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