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Time's Anvil: England, Archaeology and the Imagination by [Morris, Richard]
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The press release for this remarkable book announces that it 'defies categorisation'. It is not wrong. Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize, Time's Anvil contemplates what is now England over a span of 750,000 years.

Sometimes we are left with snapshots, including the varying view from Paviland Cave over the last 29,000 years; elsewhere the text lingers, as with the felling of the Old Wood. Along the way we meet eminent practitioners of many disciplines, as archaeology itself emerges and the stories it tells evolve. 'Archaeology', we are told, 'might be seen as but a late ripple in the cult of ancestors'. An acquired taste, perhaps, but presenting archaeology in this way has created an especially thought-provoking read

(Matthew Symonds ARCHAEOLOGY.CO.UK)

"This is a remarkable, and in many respects a very courageous book - he puts himself on the line" (Francis Pryor THE TIMES)

Combining literature and myth with science, it explores how the past is read and the relevance and role of archaeology while challenging assumptions about our history. (CHOICE)

This fascinating book - a combination of the author's autobiography and a biography of the science of archaeology in England since the 17th century - suggests that some historical truths are found and proved, rather than created, by archaeology (Dr Julian Litten CHURCH TIMES)

For Morris, this book is an 'expedition' into the past, and as such it is both expansive and singular. But Time's Anvil is also an impassioned history and defence of archeology, a history of humanity in England and a heartfelt mediation on transience and mortality. (Nick Groom THE INDEPENDENT)

This compendious and rich portmanteau comprises an array of exercises in championing archaeology against those who would decry its academic and scientific validity. (LITERARY REVIEW)

(An) undeniably curious book...the story of archeology, mixed with the author's personal and family history, and interspersed with a smattering of scientific discourse, and a fair bit of poetry. (BBC HISTORY)

An ambitious mixture of memoir, history and historiography, taking in England's prehistory and her later revolutions and battles, and en route offering a passionate paean to archaeology. (THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

For too long we have been taught about the past from "above" - from eminent people, kind enough to spare their thoughts. This book allows us to regain possession and to make archaeology personal again. (Francis Pryor THE TIMES)

A Harrogate man's compelling and unusual history book has now been printed in paperback after making the longlist for this year's Samuel Johnson Non-Fiction Prize. (Graham Chalmers HARROGATE ADVERTISER)

(Morris) mixes a history of archaeology with family memoirs and a vista of the past from the Mesolothic era to industrial Birmingham - his home soil. The result is a richly textured, and very moving hybrid: as studded with jewels as the mud around an Anglo-Saxon tomb. The ground beneath your feet will never feel the same again. (Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT)

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A personal and lyrical rediscovery of the history of England through archaeology and the imagination

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7366 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AES05GC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #438,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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