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Ancestral Geographies of the Neolithic: Landscapes, Monuments and Memory Paperback – May 16, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0415204323 ISBN-10: 0415204321

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (May 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415204321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415204323
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,103,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The text speaks for itself. It is a vivid, scholarly and sensitive view.' - The Archaeologist

'As a specialist, I found Ancestral Geographies unusually enjoyable as well as stimulating, and I think it will work well for other kinds of readers at different stages and with different interests. For a sense of how life might have been both in daily spheres and at unusual monuments in the Early Neolithic, this is a brilliant introduction.' - Landscape History

'This is a wonderful book, beautifully written, and elegant summary of Edmonds' own views and of the conclusions of an exciting new generation of British prehistorians.' - Ian Hodder, Cambridge Archaeological Journal

About the Author

Mark Edmonds is Senior Lecturer in landscape archaeology at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Stone Tools and Society.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna Johnson-Betty on January 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
'Ancestral Geographies of the Neolithic: Landscape, Monuments and Memory' (AGN) is a useful and thought-provoking work that brings together the experience and imagination of an archaeologist of the Neolithic. Mark Edmonds uses short fictional pieces to bring to life his knowledge and understanding of Neolithic Britain: the result is very interesting and useful.
One of the problems with studying the prehistoric is the dry and exceedingly complicated research papers and books. It is impossible for me to understand a period in time without some sort of mental image of real people living in that period. So often writers forget that while *they* have such an understanding, their readers do not. Edmonds addresses the needs of both Neolithic newbie and Neolithic expert in his book by taking the Neolithic and using short fictional pieces to try and bring the objects and places to life. He does so carefully, and it is clear to me that his synthesis of the material has made me understand his argument far more clearly than other methods. The material gains coherence and reality, and it underlines part of his thesis about the nature of 'ritual' and 'mundane' space.
In addition, Edmonds' writing has a remarkable clarity. Often in archaeology, I find myself wading through practically incomprehensible paragraphs. Despite the intimidating title, AGN did not sacrifice plain argument for technical expertise. It was a pleasure to work through AGN's complex theses without first having to struggle through paragraph-long sentences using deliberately specialized terminology.
I am not a specialist in the Neolithic. Others may take umbrage at Edmonds' use of 'created reality' to present his material.
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