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Britain BC Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans by Francis Pryor

Britain BC Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans


Britain BC Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans by Francis Pryor

An authoritative and radical rethinking of the history of Ancient Britain and Ancient Ireland, based on remarkable new archaeological finds. British history is traditionally regarded as having started with the Roman Conquest. But this is to ignore half a million years of prehistory that still exert a profound influence. Here Francis Pryor examines the great ceremonial landscapes of Ancient Britain and Ireland - Stonehenge, Seahenge, Avebury and the Bend of the Boyne - as well as the discarded artefacts of day-to-day life, to create an astonishing portrait of our ancestors. This major re-revaluation of pre-Roman Britain, made possible in part by aerial photography and coastal erosion, reveals a much more sophisticated life in Ancient Britain and Ireland than has previously been supposed.


`Written with pace and passion...immensely readable.
Tom Holland, Daily Telegraph

`It bounds along, wonderfully enlivened by Pryor's earthy enthusiasm. If you want to be introduced painlessly to the fascinating debates surrounding our British past, then Britain BC is the book for you.
Barry Cunliffe, New Scientist

`Francis Pryor is a modern field archaeologist with a reputation second to none. He has written a book as successful and exciting as its ambition is huge...lucid and engaging.
Alan Garner, The Times

`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

`Beautifully written, exciting and extremely essential read.
British Archaeology

Praise for Francis Pryor

's television series `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

`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.

About the Author

Dr Francis Pryor, author of the acclaimed `Seahenge', `Britain BC', `Britain AD' and `Britain in the Middle Ages: An Archaeological History', has spent thirty years studying the prehistory of the Fens. He has excavated sites as diverse as Bronze Age farms and religious sites, field systems and entire Iron Age villages, as well as barrows, `henges' and a large ceremonial centre dating to 3800 BC. He is President of the Council for British Archaeology, and frequently appears on Channel 4's popular archaeology programme `Time Team'. In 2003 he wrote and presented a two-part television series on `Britain BC', and in 2004 made a three-part series on `Britain AD'.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th September 2004


Francis Pryor

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HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


544 pages


European history
Ancient history: to c 500 CE



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