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The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland

Richard Bradley (University of Reading)



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Cambridge University Press
16 May 2019
Sited at the furthest limits of the Neolithic revolution and standing at the confluence of the two great sea routes of prehistory, Britain and Ireland are distinct from continental Europe for much of the prehistoric sequence. In this landmark study, Richard Bradley offers an interpretation of the unique archaeological record of these islands. Highlighting the achievements of its inhabitants, Bradley surveys the entire archaeological sequence over a 5,000 year period, from the last hunter-gatherers and the adoption of agriculture in the Neolithic period, to the discovery of Britain and Ireland by travellers from the Mediterranean during the later pre-Roman Iron Age. His study places special emphasis on landscapes, settlements, monuments, and ritual practices. This edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. The text takes account of recent developments in archaeological science, such as isotopic analyses of human and animal bone, recovery of ancient DNA, and more subtle and precise methods of radiocarbon dating.
By:   Richard Bradley (University of Reading)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 253mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   820g
ISBN:   9781108412476
ISBN 10:   1108412475
Series:   Cambridge World Archaeology
Pages:   388
Publication Date:   16 May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Replaced By:   9781108412476
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Bradley is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Reading. A Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, he is the author of The Use and Reuse of Stone Circles (2016) and The Idea of Order (2012) among many other publications.

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