Wessex -- the ancient counties of Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire -- is remarkable for its economic and social cohesion as a region, and for the extraordinary wealth of its ancient remains. In this authoritative survey, Barry Cunliffe sets the great monuments and famous sites in their full cultural context. His chief concern, however, is to interpret the landscape of the region, and the people who over so many centuries created it. In his hands it becomes an archaeological artefact as eloquent as Avebury and Stonehenge themselves.
List of plates. List of figures. General preface. A Regional History of England Series. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. The formation of the landscape and the early hunter-gatherers. 2. The inception of food-producing economies: 4500 - 3000 BC. 3. The rise of the individual: 3000-1500 BC. 4. Across the threshold:1500-600 BC
5. Tribal society: 600-100 BC. 6. The coming of Rome: 100 BC - AD 80. 7. The Roman Interlude: AD 80 - 350
8. Return to Tribalism: AD 350 - 685. 9. The Ascendancy of Wessex: 685 -1000. Appendix: Radiocarbon dates
Abbreviations. Bibliography. Index.