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Wessex to A.D. 1000 (Regional History of England) 1st Edition

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Barry Cunliffe is Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford. The author of over 40 books, including The Ancient Celts, published by Oxford University Press, he has served as President of the Council for British Archaeology and the Society of Antiquaries, and is currently a
member of the Ancient Monuments Board of English Heritage.
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Product Details

  • Series: Regional History of England
  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (March 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582492807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582492806
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,919,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark E. Hall on August 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the latest volumes in the Longman Regional History of England series. The series has a simple goal--to provide a two volume review of the archaeology, landscape, and social history of each geographical region in England. The first volume for each set covers from the Paleolithic to AD 1000; while the second covers from AD 1000 to the 1980s. Each volume has a separate author. A book covering prehistoric and early historic Wessex is long overdue. The archaeology of Stonehenge and the Neolithic Early Bronze Age of Wessex has been extensively treated by others (Burgess 1980; Castledon 1987; Richards 1990), the only recent books to look at the whole of Wessex over several thousands of years are Crittal's 1973 Victoria County History volume on Wiltshire and J. F. S. Stone's 1958 study Wessex. Suffice to say, since these two books appeared there have been extensive excavations throughout Wessex and new interpretations of the archaeological record. This book does provide a start in filling the gap. Cunliffe provides a well-written, organized review of the archaeology and early history of Wessex. A nice balance is struck in describing such well known sites as Bath, Silchester or Stonehenge, and incorporating the data from smaller sites such as Chalton and Winterbourne Stokes. Examination of the bibliography shows that site reports written up through 1991 were incorporated into this review. Exceedingly useful is an appendix listing the radiocarbon dates for sites in Wessex, in both calibrated and uncalibrated form. Each chapter is laid out in similar fashion. There is an introductory section, a section explaining social and political developments, a description of the economy, material culture and settlement patterns.Read more ›
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