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Orcadia
03 Oct 2019 * EBOOK * £5.99 * 9781788543439

A lyrical account of the prehistory and archaeology of the Orkney archipelago, and a uniquely appealing fusion of archaeological, historical and topographic writing, rooted in knowledge of and deep affection for one of the most ancient and distinctive landscapes in the British Isles.

Non Fiction / HBLA (Ancient History)
Extent: 352 pages  Illus: 100 colour illustrations
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Orcadia: Land, Sea and Stone in Neolithic Orkneyby Mark Edmonds

The Orcadian archipelago is a museum of archaeological wonders.

The Orcadian Neolithic is home to some of the best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe: here we can find evidence of a dynamic society with connections binding Orkney to Ireland, to southern Britain and to continental Europe. Yet there is much that remains unknown about the societies that created these sites.

In Orcadia, Mark Edmonds traces the development of the Orcadian Neolithic from the early fourth millennium BC through to the end of the period nearly two thousand years later, using artefacts, architecture and the wider landscape to recreate the lives of Neolithic communities across the region.

Mark Edmonds is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of York. He has published books on material culture and landscape, many of them exploring the intersections between archaeology and the visual arts. His recent books include Conversations with Magic Stones, The Beauty Things (with Alan Garner), and Stonework – a collection of poetry and prints with Rose Ferraby. Mark is co-founder of West Side Cinema in Stromness, Orkney, where he now lives.

Illustrated with Edmonds' own stunning photographs.

An evocative portrait of one of the most remote and remarkable corners of the British Isles.

Will appeal to anyone who enjoys the writing of Robert Macfarlane.

MARKET: Max Adams; Robert Macfarlane; Madeleine Bunting.


A thought-provoking, imaginative exploration of the archeological landscapes of Neolithic Orkney... Edmonds demonstrates so vividly, "a stone is rarely just a stone"' BBC Countryfile

'Edmonds is a visionary who combines intellectual rigour with creative imagination' Alan Garner

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