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Britain Begins

By Barry Cunliffe

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Britain Begins is nothing less than the story of the origins of the British and the Irish peoples, from around 10,000 BC to the eve of the Norman Conquest. Using the most up to date archaeological evidence together with new work on DNA and other scientific techniques which help us to trace the origins and movements of these early settlers, Barry Cunliffe offers a rich narrative account of the first islanders - who they were, where they came from, and how they interacted one with another. Underlying this narrative throughout is the story of the sea, which allowed the islanders and their continental neighbours to be in constant contact. The story told by the archaeological evidence, in later periods augmented by historical texts, satisfies our need to knowwho we are and where we come from. But before the development of the discipline of archaeology, people used what scraps there were, gleaned from Biblical and classical texts, to create a largely mythological origin for the British. Britain Begins also explores the development of these early myths, which show our ancestors attempting to understand their origins. And, as Cunliffe shows, today's archaeologists are driven by the same desire to understand the past - the only real difference is that we have vastly more evidence to work with.
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(A Very Short Introduction series). This essential survey ranges from herodotus to Breton bagpipe festivals, and show how the Celts have been harnessed in support of both the European Union and Scottish and Welsh devolution. Further Reading, Index. 161p.
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The Druids have been known and discussed for at least 2400 years, first by Greek writers and later by the Romans, who came in contact with them in Gaul and Britain. According to these sources, they were a learned caste who officiated in religious ceremonies, taught the ancient wisdoms, and were revered as philosophers. But few figures flit so elusively through history, and the Druids remain enigmatic and puzzling to this day. In this Very Short Introduction, one of the leading authorities on British archaeology, Barry Cunliffe, takes the reader on a fast-paced look at the ever-fascinating story of the Druids, as seen in the context of the times and places in which they practiced. Sifting through the evidence, Cunliffe offers an expert's best guess as to what can be said and what can't be said about the Druids, discussing the origins of the Druids and the evidence for their beliefs and practices, why the nature of the druid caste changed quite dramatically over time, and how successive generations have seen them in very different ways.
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In this magnificent book, distinguished archaeologist Barry Cunliffe views Europe not in terms of states and shifting political boundaries but as a geographical niche particularly favored in facing many seas. These seas, and Europe's great transpeninsular rivers, ensured a rich diversity of natural resources while also encouraging the dynamic interaction of peoples across networks of communication and exchange. The development of these early Europeans is rooted in complex interplays, shifting balances, and geographic and demographic fluidity. Addenda. Illus., 241 color/61 b&w. 520p.
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2 volumes. 4to. Light rubbing and edgewear to dust jackets. Fore edge clipped from bottom of front panel of volume 1. Small stain to bottom of page edges of volume 2. VG/VG. THE SET:
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A history of both human inhabitation and the environment, this study examines the changing landscape of Europe and the way human beings have responded and adapted to it over the course of the millennia. Twelve chapters focus on theprincipal periods of innovation and culture, such as the Minoan and Mycenean civilizations. Time chart included. Illus., 24 pgs. color plates/300 b&w plates, figures, and maps. 532p.
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The finding in 1727 of the gilded bronze head of the Roman goddess Minerva led to the discovery of the Roman temple and of the baths. Since then archaeologists have discovered more and more about the Roman city of Aquae Sulis. In this new edition of a work first published almost 30 years ago, Professor Barry Cunliffe brings the story right up to date. He deals in detail with the temple and its precinct and with the 'curse tablets' which have been deciphered to reveal the thoughts of Roman visitors. He then explains just how the bathing establishment was organized and explores the relationship between the spa and the town. We learn what life was like for the local inhabitants as well as for the visitors, and he charts the process of decline and decay during the 300 years after the Roman period.
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3 vols. This present volume offers an up-to-date account of the temple, outlining the subsequent development of the site based on the most recent excavations, 1979-84. It is both a report and a reconsideration of all previousevidence. Where relevant, parts of the 1969 report have been incorporated. Exhausitvely detailed diagrams, mappings and artifact plates. This current publication under the auspices of the Oxford University Committee forArchaeology represents the consummate work on the prehistory of Bath and all the relevant factors concerning its continuing re-evaluation.
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The Ancient Celts

By Barry Cunliffe

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In this exploration of the nature of Celtic identity, the author presents the first thorough and up-to-date account of the archetypal barbarians from the north, feared by both the Romans and Greeks: the Celts. Through a considerationof cultural diversity, social and religious systems, art, language, law, and oral traditions, the author draws a distinction between societies which conform to an ethnic `Celtic' model and those subjected to `Celtization'.Illus., 24 color plates, 208 b&w text fig., 30 maps. 324p.
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The Ancient Celts

By Barry Cunliffe

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More than two hundred illustrationsincluding twentyfour color platesand thirty maps complement an authoritative account that draws on recent archaeological findings to trace the development of Celtic civilization and its influence on Europe past and present. Reprint.
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A history of the journey of the Greek explorer Pytheas of Massalia (new Marseille) who set out around 330 B.C. to explore Northern Europe & the British Isles. Further reading, index. B&W illus. 195p.
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Provides an account of the fourth-century B.C. expedition of Pytheas, a Greek explorer who traveled from the Greek colony of Massalia to the distant lands of northern Europe, including Britain, Denmark, and, possibly, Iceland.
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The Penguin Illustrated History of Britain and Ireland is a comprehensive guide to the eventful history of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland - from the arrival of the first humans half a million years ago right up to the present day.
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