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Piltdown Man: The Secret Life of Charles Dawson (Revealing History) Paperback – March 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tempus (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752425722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752425726
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,119,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The human and animal remains discovered at Piltdown, near Lewes in Sussex, almost 100 years ago were at the time hailed as the “missing link” between ape and man. It was not until 1953 that modern analysis conclusively revealed an ingenious hoax. The perpetrator was almost certainly the antiquarian excavator Charles Dawson who, as Miles Russell shows, was responsible for sixteen other archaeological forgeries during his lifetime.

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Bournemouth University, Miles Russell is the author of three Tempus books, the latest on prehistoric Sussex—the setting for Charles Dawson’s archaeological crimes.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aryx on March 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
A lot of work and research has gone into this book about an interesting subject.

However the standard of editing is woefully sloppy and detracts severely from enjoyment of the book and undermines its authority.

Examples: The book is strewn with a ridiculous amount of commas, which pop up in the strangest of places. Also at least twice the word "inferring" is used instead of "implying". At one point the word "culpability" sits in the place of "credulity", making a nonsense of the sentence. In a number of sentences the object and verb do not agree in number. Whatever you may think, these types of error are utterly unacceptable in a professional publication.

I am tempted to give only 2 stars but feel that is harsh, as many of the errors are probably not entirely the fault of the author.
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Miles Russell is a senior lecturer in prehistoric and Roman archaeology in the School of Applied Sciences at Bournemouth University in the UK. He has worked as a field officer and project manager for the UCL Field Archaeology Unit, the Oxford Archaeological Unit and Bournemouth Archaeology on sites across Britain, Germany, Sicily and Russia. Miles is a regular contributor to television and radio and is the author of eleven books, including Piltdown Man: the secret life of Charles Dawson, The Piltdown Man Hoax: Case Closed, Flint Mines of Neolithic Britain, Monuments of the British Neolithic, Rough Quarries Rocks and Hills, Prehistoric Sussex, Roman Sussex, Digging Holes in Popular Culture: Archaeology and Science Fiction, Bloodline: the Celtic Kings of Roman Britain, and (with Stuart Laycock) UnRoman Britain: Exposing the Great Myth of Britannia.