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The Gwent County History, Volume 1 Gwent in Prehistory and Early History by Miranda Aldhouse-Green

The Gwent County History, Volume 1 Gwent in Prehistory and Early History


The Gwent County History, Volume 1 Gwent in Prehistory and Early History by Miranda Aldhouse-Green

Gwent in Prehistory and Early History is the first in a major series of five authoritative volumes on the history of Gwent from Prehistoric times to the end of the twentieth century. In this vast time-span, south-east Wales has been at the heart of historic changes that have affected both England and Wales. These changes will be fully explored in Volume I Gwent in Prehistory and Early History; Volume II Gwent in the Middle Ages, 1070-1536; Volume III Early Modern Gwent, 1530-1780; Volume IV Industrial Gwent, 1780-1914; and Volume V Twentieth-century Gwent. In Volume I there are chapters on: the Palaeolithic age; the Mesolithic age; the Neolithic age; Bronze age society; the iron age; the coming of the Romans; Roman Gwent; early medieval society; the structures of society; the literary tradition; clas and llan; llysoedd; the coming of the Normans.


'The publication of this volume, the first in what promises to be a distinguished series, is a matter for celebration. This volume is a resounding success at many levels. It provides an accessible narrative of Gwent's pre-Norman past, it embodies the most up-to-date interpretations presented by those who are at the forefront of research and it reveals, as the story proceeds, the working methods, aspirations and sometimes the frustrations of scholars as they piece together the story of the long march of the people of Gwent.'
The Monmouthshire Antiquary

'An excellent review of research to date is presented while setting the agenda for future studies'. Bulletin of International Medieval Research Attractive and substantial book...well-written throughout. It will be referred to regularly as the first place to look for information about pre-Norman Gwent. Martin Locock, National Library of Wales, Archaeology in Wales, vol 45.'

About the Author

Miranda Aldhouse-Green is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at Cardiff University. Ray Howell is Reader in History and Medieval Archaeology at the University of Wales Newport. He has directed archaeological excavations on Iron Age, Roman and medieval sites in Gwent and has published widely on the history and archaeology of Wales.

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Publication date

29th June 2004


Miranda Aldhouse-Green

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University of Wales Press


280 pages




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