Seahenge A uest for Life and Death in Bronze Age Britain Review Û 102

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Seahenge A uest for Life and Death in Bronze Age Britain Review Û 102 ï ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Seahenge A uest for Life and Death in Bronze Age Britain ✩ Author Francis Pryor – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk A lively and authoritative investigation into the lives of our ancestors based on theAlled Seahenge off the north coast of Norfolk This circle of wooden planks set vertically in the sand with a large inverted tree trunk in the middle likened to a ghostly ‘hand reaching up from the underworld’ has now been dated back to around BC The timbers are currently and controversially in the author’s safekeeping at Flag FenFrancis Pryor and his wife an expert in ancient wood working and analysis have been at the centre of Bronze Age fieldwork for nearly years piecing. Really interesting in parts but I found the title and description on the back somewhat deceptive there's a brief prologue about Seahenge and then Pryor goes back in time to give background on his work in the surrounding area and doesn't get back to talking about Seahenge itself until the last 100 or so pages There's some good stuff throughout the other 200 pages descriptions of the excavation process in the fens how Pryor thinks the henges in this area were used what everyday life might have been like but he never managed to bring any of it truly alive for me like he seems to have done for a lot of other folks I felt like I was just left wanting somehow Enjoyable but not great

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Together the way of life of Bronze Age people their settlement of the landscape their religion and rituals The famous wetland sites of the East Anglian Fens have preserved ten times the information of their dryland counterparts like Stonehenge and Avebury in the form of pollen leaves wood hair skin and fibre found ‘pickled’ in mud and peatSeahenge demonstrates how much Western civilisation owes to the prehistoric societies that existed in Europe in the last four millennia B. A fascinating book about a key although under reported finding in British history Francis Pryor's writing is engaging witty humble he's uick to admit when he's cocked up or taken the wrong path with a way of thinking and just really interesting In all honesty I'm much of a geography fan I'm not a fan of history per se ancient Royal lineage eugh Borgia brides eugh ancient civil wars shut up but when history such as this relates to geographical features in landscape such as marshy fenswaterlogged dykes and ditches and the way real people managed to survive in these landscapes my interest is piued The only criticism I have of this book is the over concentration on material regarding wood remnants and the vast amount of time spent collecting collating and recording them when admittedly they didn't really offer up any new findings relating to ancient Britain I'm guessing that time and page space was allotted as it was Pryor's wife doing the wood workNevertheless an altogether stimulating read

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Seahenge A uest for Life and Death in Bronze Age BritainUest for MOBI #9734 A lively and authoritative investigation into the lives of our ancestors based on the revolution Seahenge A PDF or in the field of Bronze Age archaeology which has been taking place in Norfolk and the A uest for ePUB #185 Fenlands over the last twenty years and in which the author has played a central roleOne A uest for Life and Kindle of the most haunting and enigmatic archaeological discoveries of recent times was the uncovering in at low tide of the so c. Archaeology is not some exact science with answers to give to every uestion if we only look hard enough It's partly our own fault we're overpopulating the Earth and in the meantime we're destroying great swathes of the archaeological record We only have fragments of the past some larger than others Seahenge being one of the latter far ahead of potsherds but perhaps mysterious and while archaeology has some light to shed I find it best to accept up front that no one can offer a complete answer and that if anyone claims to be certain they're speaking beyond the evidence in almost every case Francis Pryor's book handles this pretty well in my books though I have no doubt there's people out there who wish he'd stop euivocating Much of this book involves setting this in context linking modern and ancient lives and landscapes and then using what evidence that offers to spin theories theories that could be upset by the next find out of the ground in some obscure peaty corner or air tight chamber stumbled upon by chanceBearing all that in mind I found this book fascinating I have no personal expertise to say yay or nay to any of this my own research interests lie in a later period with the dawning of literature which is in conversation with archaeology than you'd think so I took Pryor's words or less at face value Some of his ideas seemed too sketchy too much based on a gut reaction but even so his description of the excavations his impressions of them the way they came together to synthesise an understanding of the anicent landscape it's all fascinating and I would happily read If you're looking to learn specifically and solely about the place we've dubbed Seahenge which was not actually built on the beach and wasn't in such close proximity to the sea then only a couple of chapters of this book are of direct interest But why you would want to look at something like this in isolation when it's clearly part of a larger story and can only be understood in those terms I don't knowOne thing you may feel is that Francis Pryor has too much to say about himself and his team particularly his wife I enjoyed it given that his thought processes were influenced by everything around him A bare bones description of the sites and the endless work of extraction and preservation would seem terribly boring to me