An archaeological study of Cheshire's prehistory, written by former Megalithic Portal editors Victoria and Paul Morgan. It focusses on the long barrows and chambered tombs, henges, stone circles, round barrows, standing stones, ancient settlements and hillforts of the region. It covers the whole of the modern county as well as areas formerly within the boundaries, such as Stockport and the Wirral.
As well as covering most of the well known and obscure sites, it also instils a better understanding of how and why certain industries thrived, particularly mining and salt production. Hundreds of beautifully reproduced black & white photos and drawings make this a quality production to treasure.
Guidestones to the Great Langdale Axe Factories: Ancient Ways to Stone Axe Working Sites in the English Lake District - Gabriel M Blamires
Paperback, 144 pages
The use of standing stones and other rocks to mark prehistoric routes is not unknown, but it is seldom studied. Gabriel Blamire's scholarly and well-researched study of possible routes to the Langdale axe factories is a model for others to follow. Meticulously documented, mapped and photographed with full grid references, this book will enable other field researchers and fell walkers to go out into Langdale and look for themselves. This book has nothing to with ley lines, but everything to do with how Neolithic people may have moved around, marked their routes and posted guides. It will also appeal to those readers intrigued by British rock art.
On the Track of a Prehistoric Economy - Hans Peter Blankholm
Aarhus University Press, 1995, 320 pages
This academic study looks at maglemosian subsistence in early postglacial South Scandinavia, with detailed studies of the architectural history of various sites and anthropological notes such as sex and age distribution and the use of tools for hunting, fishing and gathering.
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Landscapes and Desire - Catherine Tuck & Alun Bull
Hardback, 256pp. Sutton Publishing, 2003
An investigation into the sexually inspired landscapes and monuments of Britain. Amusing and fascinating. Beautifully illustrated with photographs. From Men-A-Tol to landscaped gardens to Victorian Britain, it's all here!
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Landscapes for the World: Conserving a Global Heritage - Peter Fowler
Paperback, 235 pages, Windgather Press, 2004
Part of the Landscapes of Britain series. The best of the world's cultural landscapes - the results of humanity's interaction with the environment over millennia - are a legacy of enormous importance. Since 1992 the international community has begun to protect these special places, through UNESCO's World Heritage Programme. This book asks why these places matter to all of us. It also takes us on a tour of the landscapes so far inscribed on the World Heritage List. The book explores some extraordinary places, which anyone interested in landscape would wish to visit: places such as the Tongariro volcanic landscape in New Zealand; The Portuguese port wine region of Alto Douro; and the rice-growing terraces of the Cordilleras in the Philippines. The author, who has been actively involved in the inscription process, asks how we can recognise a World Heritage landscape, and discusses the politics of designation and conservation.
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'An outstanding book.its value extends well beyond its study of cultural landscapes per se, and anyone seeking the background to the World Heritage phenomenon will find this an excellent introduction.' Current World Archaeology
Use Wear Analysis and Obsidian: Theory, Experiments and Results - Linda M Hurcombe
Sheffield Archaeological Monographs, Hardcover, 248 pages, 1992, ISBN 0906090423
This volume investigates a technique for the functional analysis of obsidian tools and a small archaeological case study: the lunates from the Bronze Age Sardinian site of Ortu Comidu is examined using the technique and approach.
It reviews the current state of flint use wear studies and applies the theories generated there to obsidian. The experimental programme shows the potential success of the technique, which can allow the use action and use material to be interpreted, and demonstrates the limitations. Residues play an important role as they are more easily seen on obsidian than flint. The discussion includes an assessment of wear formation theories and the role of functional information within archaeology. The technique and approach is brought to bear on a small archaeologucal case study: the lunates from the Bronze Age Sardinian site of Ortu Comidu.
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