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Scenes from Prehistoric Life
Scenes from Prehistoric Life: From the Ice Age to the Coming of the Romans by Francis Pryor

An invigorating journey through Britain's prehistoric landscape, and an insight into the lives of its inhabitants.

A Spectator Book of the Year

'A highly compelling read' Spectator

'An evocative foray into the prehistoric past' BBC Countryfile Magazine

'Vividly relating what life was like in pre-Roman Britain' Choice Magazine

In Scenes from Prehistoric Life, the distinguished archaeologist Francis Pryor paints a vivid picture of British and Irish prehistory, from the Old Stone Age (about one million years ago) to the arrival of the Romans in AD 43, in a sequence of fifteen chronologically arranged profiles of specific ancient landscapes. Whether writing about the early human family who trod the estuarine muds of Happisburgh in Norfolk c.900,000 BC, the craftsmen who built a wooden trackway in the Somerset Levels early in the fourth millennium BC, or the Iron Age denizens of Britain's first towns, Pryor uses excavations and surveys to uncover the daily routines of our ancient ancestors.

Archaeology is transforming our knowledge of what it would have been like to live in Britain and Ireland in the time before the Romans. By revealing how our prehistoric forebears coped with both simple practical problems and more existential challenges, Francis Pryor offers remarkable insights into the long and unrecorded centuries of our early history, and a convincing, well-attested and movingly human portrait of prehistoric life as it was really lived.

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05 Aug 2021 * 368pp * £25 * 9781789544145
'Decades worth of communicating archaeology on TV and a recent foray into crime fiction writing help make this book a highly compelling read'
An evocative foray into the prehistoric past... Pryor recreates [the prehistoric world] with an effortless narrative style'
BBC Countryfile Magazine
'Brings almost impossibly distant times into brilliant focus'
Eastern Daily Press Norfolk
'Pryor's colourful book makes life in Britain BC often sound rather more appealing than the frenetic and anxious 21st century!'
Daily Mail
'Vividly relating what life was like in pre-Roman Britain'
Choice Magazine
Our prehistoric cousins lie on the other side of a vast expanse of time... Francis Pryor bridges that gap, showing how excavation and analysis can bring their stories to life. Of course, the gap between us and them is matched by the prehistoric era's epic sweep, and Pryor charts the changes witnessed across that time'
BBC History Magazine
Francis Pryor is always good value... He cherrypicks the most interesting recent discoveries about Britain's past before the Romans'
Spectator, Books of the Year
Francis Pryor
Francis Pryor
Francis Pryor is one of Britain's most distinguished living archaeologists, the excavator of Flag Fen and a sheep farmer. He is the author of seventeen books including The Fens (a Radio 4 Book of the Week), Stonehenge, Flag Fen, Britain BC, Britain AD, and The Making of the British Landscape.
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Scenes from Prehistoric Life