The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 5, 2007 - Social Science
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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 2007 study - the first significant survey of the archaeology of Britain and Ireland for twenty years - Richard Bradley offers an interpretation of the unique archaeological record of these islands based on a wealth of current and largely unpublished data. Bradley surveys the entire archaeological sequence over a 4,000 year period, from 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. Significantly, this is the first modern account to treat Britain and Ireland on equal terms, offering a detailed interpretation of the prehistory of both islands.
  

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Contents

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Figure 33 Successive house types predating the building of the
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Figure 34 The interior of a well preserved Later Neolithic
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Figure 35 A stone chamber located inside a circle of
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Figure 37 A denuded passage tomb and a chambered cairn
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Figure 38 Distant view of the principal monument at Newgrange
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Figure 39 The changing location of the decorated surfaces in
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Figure 323 Outline plan of the earthwork at Stonehenge Wessex
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Figure 324 The outer setting of monoliths and lintels at
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Figure 327 Outline plans of three settlement sites associated with
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Figure 328 The triangular relationship between the Earlier Bronze Age
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Figure 310 The relationship between internal and external features at
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Figure 313 The Stones of Stenness Orkney
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Figure 314 Upper The relationship between the main passage tomb
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Figure 315 The development of megalithic art in the Boyne
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Figure 316 Six circular structures associated with Grooved Ware The
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Figure 317 Some major circular structures in southern and central
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Figure 318 The henge monument at Avebury Wessex showing the
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Figure 319 Stone and timber avenues Those at Calanais Outer
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Figure 321 Silbury Hill Wessex
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Figure 322 Outline plans of two henge monuments Mayburgh northwest
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Figure 329 A typical single burial as depicted in Canon
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Figure 330 The Earlier Bronze Age flat cemetery at Keenoge
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Figure 331 The Cursus Barrows near to Stonehenge Wessex
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Figure 333 The mountaintop cairn of Moel Trigarn southwest Wales
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Figure 334 Field walls and enclosures at Roughan Hill in
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chapter 5
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Figure 59 Outline plan of the excavated area of the
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Page 1 - Arias, P., 1999. The origins of the Neolithic along the Atlantic coast of Continental Europe: a survey. Journal of World Prehistory 13, 403-64.
Page 8 - A Later Bronze Age Shield from South Cadbury, Somerset, England. Antiquity 73, 33-48. Coles, J. and Minnitt, S. 1995. 'Industrious and Fairly Civilized' . The Glastonbury Lake Village.

About the author (2007)

Richard Bradley is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading. A fellow of The British Academy and recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Lund, he is the author of Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe, The Past in Prehistoric Societies: An Archaeology of Natural Places, The Significance of Monuments and Rock Art and the Prehistory of Atlantic Europe.

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