The Archaeology of Britain is the only concise and up-to-date introduction to the archaeological record of Britain from the reoccupation of the landmass by Homo sapiens during the later stages of the most recent Ice Age until last century. This fully revised second edition extends its coverage, including greater detail on the first millennium AD beyond the Anglo-Saxon domain, and into recent times to look at the archaeological record produced by Britain’s central role in two World Wars and the Cold War.
The chapters are written by experts in their respective fields. Each is geared to provide an authoritative but accessible introduction, supported by numerous illustrations of key sites and finds and a selective reference list to aid study in greater depth. It provides a one-stop textbook for the entire archaeology of Britain and reflects the most recent developments in archaeology both as a field subject and as an academic discipline.
No other book provides such comprehensive coverage, with such a wide chronological range, of the archaeology of Britain. This collection is essential reading for undergraduates in archaeology, and all those interested in British archaeology, history and geography.
Table of Contents
1. British Archaeology since the End of the Second World War 2. The Lateglacial or Late and Final Upper Palaeolithic Colonization of Britain 3. Hunter-Gathers of the Mesolithic 4. The Neolithic Period, c. 4000–2500/2200 BC 5. The Earlier Bronze Age 6. The Later Bronze Age 7. The Iron Age 8. Roman Britain: The Military Dimension 9. Roman Britain: Civil and Rural Society 10. The Celtic West and North 11. Early Historic Britain 12.The Scandinavian Presence 13. Landscapes of the Middle Ages: Towns 1050–1500 14. Landscapes of the Middle Ages: Churches, Castles and Monasteries 15. Landscapes of the Middles Ages: Rural Settlement and Manors 16. The Historical Geography of Britain from AD 1500: Landscape and Townscape 17. The Workshop of the World: The Industrial Revolution 18. The Archaeology of Twentieth Century Britain 19. Reeling in the Years: The Past in the Present