Ancestors: A prehistory of Britain in seven burials (Hardback)Alice Roberts (author)
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A deeply fascinating glimpse into the murky world of prehistory, Professor Roberts deftly deconstructs what we can learn from seven burial sites of the earliest Britons.
This book is about belonging: about walking in ancient places, in the footsteps of the ancestors. It's about reaching back in time, to find ourselves, and our place in the world.
We often think of Britain springing from nowhere with the arrival of the Romans. But in Ancestors, pre-eminent archaeologist, broadcaster and academic Professor Alice Roberts explores what we can learn about the very earliest Britons - from their burial sites. Although we have very little evidence of what life was like in prehistorical times, here their stories are told through the bones and funerary offerings left behind, preserved in the ground for thousands of years.
Told through seven fascinating burial sites, this groundbreaking prehistory of Britain teaches us more about ourselves and our history: how people came and went; how we came to be on this island.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 31 mm
'This is a book everyone should read. Roberts is the new Da Vinci, able to shift between science and humanities, the objective and subjective, the global and the individual. There is such a scope of knowledge between the covers of this book that you feel like a better and more knowledgeable person having read it. A mind-altering, life-altering book.' - Dr Janina Ramirez
'While the rest of us read words, Alice reads bones - and what stories they have to tell. In her hands they seem slick with life, bearing messages from ancient worlds. I was captivated.' - Neil Oliver
'Another classic from Alice Roberts. She writes as a scholar with the intensity and flair of a novelist.' - Dan Snow
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This is a fascinating book, with unparalleled detail expertly explained. This is a wonderfully readable book, shining a light into parts of our history that might otherwise be missed.
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“A modern classic of the genre”
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A wonderful and well written book, just what I expected from Alice
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