Prehistoric Britain (Routledge World Archaeology) (英語) ペーパーバック – イラスト付き, 2010/6/9
Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology in the School of Conservation Sciences at Bournemouth University. After completing a PhD at Southampton University on the Neolithic of Wales and the west of England, he worked for the Western Archaeological Trust and the Council for British Archaeology before establishing a private practice offering consultancy services in the field of archaeological resource management. He was appointed to the Chair of Archaeology in the newly-established archaeology department at Bournemouth University in October 1991, and since 2007 has been Director of the Centre for Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage. The author of over a dozen books, including Ancient Monuments in the Countryside (English Heritage. 1987), Prehistoric Britain from the air (Cambridge University Press. 1996), the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (Oxford University Press. 2002), and Stonehenge: the biography of a landscape (Tempus. 2006), he has served as Chairman of the Institute of Field Archaeologists and was a Member of the Council of the National Trust. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of Cotswold Archaeology and a Vice-President of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Current research interests focus on archaeological resource management and the Neolithic of northwest Europe.
- 出版社 : Routledge; 第2版 (2010/6/9)
- 発売日 : 2010/6/9
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 416ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0415490278
- ISBN-13 : 978-0415490276
- 寸法 : 18.9 x 2.39 x 24.61 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 1,666,063位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
It's very focused on describing "stones and bones", with only a limited narrative about them. So rather than any real focus on explaining how prehistoric peoples and their societies developed in Britain we're instead provided with endless details about excavated sites.
Which in itself means that this could prove to be a useful reference book - except for the fact that it's completely lacking in academic footnotes and references. The result is a book that could overwhelm the general reader with too much specific information, while not providing enough for the undergraduate.
Admittedly this is an old book - first published in the 1980's - that has an old-fashioned approach to archaeology, in which detailing pottery and burials and postholes is considered the more important. While it has been updated to some degree for 2010, the result is patchy - apparently, climate change may or may not be a thing.
Another striking omission is Ireland, which is kept outside of the scope of this book, even though it's geographically and culturally part of Britain in prehistory - and takes up a third of every single map in this volume. Perhaps it might have been more judicious for the author to focus on a fewer number of excavations in England in order to accommodate a more holistic view of developments across Britain and the near continent, in order to provide a more general overview.
Overall, I'm sure I'll come back to this book to reference the periods I've most interested in, but ultimately I think Darvill's book attempts to do too much with the result that its achievements are limited.
Also, a note to the publisher to check the use of hyphens in the ebook: they se-em to have enter-ed the text in a ran-dom fash-ion.
All the photographs are monochrome and difficult to interpret without a scale. Diagrams would be better eg in the construction of barrows.
This book has limited appeal in the wider market. It’s more suited to students that can afford to splash out £29.