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Digging up Britain: Ten discoveries, a million years of history

Mike Pitts



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Thames & Hudson
25 November 2019
History; Archaeology by period & region
Britain has long been obsessed with its own history and identity, as an island nation besieged by invaders from beyond the seas: the Romans, Vikings and Normans. The long saga of prehistory is often forgotten. But our understanding of our past is changing. In the last decade, astounding archaeological discoveries have shed new light on those who have gone before us, radically altering the way we think about our history. This book presents ten of the most exciting - and surprising - of these discoveries.

Mike Pitts leads us on a journey through time from the more recent and familiar to the most remote and bizarre, just as archaeologists delving into the earth find themselves moving backwards through the years until they reach the very oldest remnants of the past. At each of these sites we hear from the people who found and recovered these ancient remains, and follow their efforts to understand them. Some are major digs, carried out to record sites before they are covered over by new developments. Others are chance finds, leading to revelations out of proportion to the scale of the original projects. All are extraordinary tales of luck and cutting-edge archaeological science that have produced profound, and often unexpected, insights into people's lives on these islands between a thousand and a million years ago.
By:   Mike Pitts
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   660g
ISBN:   9780500051900
ISBN 10:   0500051909
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   25 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mike Pitts is an archaeologist and award-winning journalist. He has been the editor of Britain's leading archaeological magazine, British Archaeology, for over a decade.

Reviews for Digging up Britain: Ten discoveries, a million years of history

'Expertly informed and beautifully written, Digging Up Britain is a compelling, sometimes teasing archaeological Odyssey back through the diversity, complexity and sheer strangeness of lives lived by Britain's past inhabitants' - Carenza Lewis, archaeologist and Professor of Public Understanding of Research at the University of Lincoln 'Lucid and informative ... conveys both the thrill of discovery and the painstaking, puzzling interpretation work that follows it. ... If you've ever wondered how we know so much about who we used to be, this is the book for you' - Greg Jenner, historian and bestselling author of 'A Million Years In A Day' 'Makes it clear that archaeology is as much about the present as it is the past; we have much to learn from our distant ancestors who have helped shape our individual and national identity' - Jeremy Deller, Turner Prize-winning artist and creator of 'Sacrilege'

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