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A History of Ancient Britain by Neil Oliver

A History of Ancient Britain

by Neil Oliver

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This is a very readable account of the history of Britain through Roman times. It is enlivened by Neil Oliver's enjoyment, as a trained archaeologist, of being able to see and even touch all the famous sites and finds across Britain for the BBC series this accompanies. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Aug 22, 2015 |
Before this book I only knew Neil Oliver as a television presenter. What a revelation! His text is clear, his arguments solid and when he doesn't know, he says so. This sweep of British prehistory with a focus on the archeology available introduced to me a new set of wonders about our islands. The biggest shock was the central role that the Orkneys played in prehistory as a major crossroads for the flourishing northern European civilisations of that time. To get a new perspective on the early history of Britain I can recommend this book. ( )
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Who were the first Britons? Famed archaeologist Neil Oliver answers that question and more, excavating the past to weave an epic story of half-a-million years, from the mists of prehistory to the departure of the Roman Empire in the fifth century AD. As gripping as any novel, filled with fascinating facts and charismatic figures, this is popular history at its finest--a fitting monument to a land that has been home to an extraordinarily diverse range of cultures and peoples.

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A journey into an ancient world - '...a journey through time, as well as through landscape. These two dimensions will provide material for a travelogue that will encourage readers to look at and see their old familiar landscapes, in different ways. Even those parts that people think of as 'wild', 'natural' or 'untouched' are in fact the product of the hand of men and women at work for 12,000 and more years.… (more)

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