Ian Brown's Beacons in the Landscape: The Hillforts of England and Wales PDF

By Ian Brown

Of all Britain's nice archaeological monuments the Iron Age hillforts have arguably had the main profound effect at the panorama, if merely simply because there are such a lot of; but we all know little or no approximately them. have been they acknowledged as being anything distinct by way of those that created them or is the 'hillfort' merely an archaeologists' 'construct'? How have been they developed, who lived in them and to what makes use of have been they placed? This publication, that is richly illustrated with images of websites all through England and Wales, addresses those and lots of different questions. After discussing the tough factor of definition and the nice excavations on which our wisdom relies, Ian Brown investigates in flip hillforts' origins, their structure, and the function they performed in Iron Age society. He additionally discusses the most recent theories approximately their position, social importance and chronology. The booklet presents a precious synthesis of the wealthy vein of analysis performed in Britain on hillforts during the last thirty years. Hillforts' nice variability poses many difficulties, and this ebook can assist consultant either the professional and non-specialist alike even though the complicated literature. additionally, it has an incredible conservation aim. Land use within the glossy period has now not been sort to those monuments, with an important quantity both disfigured or misplaced. Public realization in their significance wishes elevating if their administration is to be superior and their destiny assured.

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