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Britain Begins


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Preface ; 1. In the Beginning: Myths and Ancestors ; 2. Britain Emerges: the Stage is Set ; 3. Interlude: Enter the Actors ; 4. Settlement Begins 10,000 - 4200 BC ; 5. New People, New Ideas 4200 - 3000 BC ; 6. Mobilizing materials: a New Connectivity 3000 - 1500 BC ; 7. Interlude: Talking to Each Other ; 8. The Productive Land in The Age of Warriors 1500 - 800 BC ; 9. Episodes of Conflict 800 - 60 BC ; 10. Interlude: Approaching the Gods ; 11. Integration: the Roman Episode 60 BC - AD 350 ; 12. 'Its Red and Savage Tongue', AD 350 - 650 ; 13. The Age of the Northmen AD 600 - 1100 ; 14. Of Myths and Realities: an epilogue ; A Guide to Further Reading ; Index

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Barry Cunliffe taught archaeology in the Universities of Bristol and Southampton and was Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford from 1972 to 2008, thereafter becoming Emeritus Professor. He has excavated widely in Britain (Fishbourne, Bath, Danebury, Hengistbury Head, Brading) and in the Channel Islands, Brittany, and Spain, and has been President of the Council for British Archaeology and of the Society of Antiquaries, Governor of the Museum of London, and a Trustee of the British Museum. He is currently a Commissioner of English Heritage. His many publications include The Ancient Celts (1997), Facing the Ocean (2001), and The Druids: A Very Short Introduction (2010), all also published by Oxford University Press. He received a knighthood in 2006.


Cunliffe steers a masterful course thorugh more than 11 millennia of human development ... This beautifully produced and informative work of synthesis and interpretation will provide an ideal starting point for those interested in the British past and a useful point of re-engagement for those who feel that they are already over-familiar with the basic narrative. * BBC History Magazine *
Few archaeologists have the breadth of knowledge or the nerve to write on such a canvas and Sir Barry Cunliffe has created an up-to-the-minute and accessible snapshot of recent advances in excavated data and palaeobiological research for both his profession and the general reader. * David Gaimster, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, *
Barry Cunliffe's account is handsomely produced and impeccable in its scholarship, the nearest thing we have to a definitive account of Britain's story from the end of the ice Age to the Norman Conquest. * The Scotsman *
Sweeping from the end of the last Ice Age to the eve of the Norman Conquest, this book contains a vast amount of information, accessibly presented. It is an enjoyable journey, and one that never loses sight of the wider picture. * Current Archaeology *

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