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Head of Zeus
The Museum of the Wood Age by Max Adams

A passionate and imaginative exploration of wood – the material that shaped human history.

As a material, wood has no equal in strength, resilience, adaptability and availability. It has been our partner in the cultural evolution from woodland foragers to engineers of our own destiny. Tracing that partnership through tools, devices, construction and artistic expression, Max Adams casts light on our own history as an imaginative, curious, resourceful species.

He begins with the material properties of various species of wood, and the influence of six basic devices – wedge, inclined plane, screw, lever, wheel & axle and pulley – before investigating the myriad ways in which wood can and has been worked across human history. From the simple bivouacs of bush crafters to sophisticated wooden buildings; from carving, decorating arts and the use of wood as a medium for writing to the humble woodworking of rustic furniture; Max Adams brings together the stories and objects that trace a path of human ingenuity across half a million years.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * History
01 Sep 2022 * 416pp * £9.99 * 9781788543491

'Adams' enthusiasm is beguiling, his knowledge as bountiful as a beech-mast, and his appreciation of the utility of trees is a pointer to a better world' The Times.

'This book is a celebration of the plant from which it is made' i, on The Wisdom of Trees

'An elegant book packed with information ... Adams is a true woodsman so speaks with authority' Country Life, on The Wisdom of Trees.

'Gripping, hugely enjoyable and deeply scholarly' History Today Books of the Year, on The King in the North.

'Lyrical prose apart, read this superbly informative book, and you will want to be out planting acorns, apply pips and conkers'
 Resurgence & Ecologist, on The Wisdom of Trees
Max Adams
Max Adams
Max Adams is a writer, archaeologist and woodsman whose work explores themes of landscape, knowledge and human connectedness with the earth. He is the author of Admiral Collingwood, Aelfred's Britain, Trees of Life, the bestselling The King in the North, In the Land of Giants and The First Kingdom. He has lived and worked in the North East of England since 1993.
ALSO BY Max Adams
Aelfred's Britain
The King in the North
The Wisdom of Trees
Admiral Collingwood: Nelson's Own Hero
In the Land of Giants
Unquiet Women
The Little Book of Planting Trees
Trees of Life
The First Kingdom