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Land and People Papers in Memory of John G. Evans by Michael J. Allen, Terry O'Connor, Niall M. Sharples

Land and People Papers in Memory of John G. Evans

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Land and People Papers in Memory of John G. Evans by Michael J. Allen, Terry O'Connor, Niall M. Sharples

This volume is derived, in concept, from a conference held in honour of John Evans by the School of History and Archaeology and The Prehistoric Society at Cardiff University in March 2006. It brings together papers that address themes and landscapes on a variety of levels. They cover geographical, methodological and thematic areas that were of interest to, and had been studied by, John Evans. The volume is divided into five sections, which echo themes of importance in British prehistory. They include papers on aspects of environmental archaeology, experiments and philosophy; new research on the nature of woodland on the chalklands of southern England; coasts and islands; people, process and social order, and snails and shells - a strong part of John Evans' career. This volume presents a range of papers examining people's interaction with the landscape in all its forms. The papers provide a diverse but cohesive picture of how archaeological landscapes are viewed within current research frameworks and approaches, while also paying tribute to the innovative and inspirational work of one of the leading protagonists of environmental archaeology and the holistic approach to landscape interpretation.


Land and People is a comprehensive collection of papers relating to Evans
diverse research interests. The standout papers in the collection, from O

'Connor and Bell, set the context brilliantly for the rest of the monograph, as well as serve to outline the wider present situation and potential of environmental archaeology today. This is closely followed by the multi-disciplinary discussion of chalk downlands, an excellent suite of papers which outline the massive contribution of environmental archaeology to our understanding of British later prehistory. Part Three and Four contain solid, diverse case studies, and running through all of the papers is recognition of the social implications of changes and patterns traced in the environmental archives, a theme characteristic of Evans'
work that is fully explored in the final three papers. Supported by excellent production quality, the papers provide a benchmark for the new Prehistoric Society Research Papers series, and a worthy testimony to Evans


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About the Author

Michael J. Allen is proprietor of AEA Allen Environmental Archaeology and is one of the UK's leading environmental archaeologists, specialising in geoarchaeology (particularly the analysis of hillwash and colluvium), land snail analysis, prehistoric landscape reconstruction and the management of environmental archaeological projects.

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Publication date

10th September 2009


Michael J. Allen, Terry O'Connor, Niall M. Sharples

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Oxbow Books


240 pages


Prehistoric archaeology



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