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Beacons in the Landscape: The Hillforts of England, Wales and the Isle of Man: Second Edition (Paperback)
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Beacons in the Landscape: The Hillforts of England, Wales and the Isle of Man: Second Edition (Paperback)

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Published: 15/06/2021
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Of all of Britain's great archaeological monuments the prehistoric and later hillforts have arguably had the most profound impact on the landscape, if only because there are so many; yet we know very little about them. Were they recognised as being something special by those who created them or is the 'hillfort' purely an archaeologist's 'construct'? How were they built, who lived in them and to what uses were they put?

This book, which is richly illustrated with photography of sites throughout England and Wales, addresses these and many other questions. After discussing the difficult issue of definition and the great excavations on which our knowledge is based, Ian Brown investigates in turn the origins of hillforts, their architecture and the role they played in Iron Age society. He also discusses the latest theories about their location, social significance and chronology.

The book provides a valuable synthesis of the rich vein of research carried out in England and Wales on hillforts over the last thirty years. The great variability of hillforts poses many problems, and this book should help guide both the specialist and non-specialist alike though the complex literature. Furthermore, it has an important conservation objective. Land use in the modern era has not been kind to these monuments, with a significant number either disfigured or lost. Public consciousness of their importance needs raising if their management is to be improved and their future assured.

Publisher: Windgather Press
ISBN: 9781911188759
Number of pages: 374
Dimensions: 246 x 189 mm


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Ian Brown is to be heartily congratulated on having comprehensively revised and expanded his successful 2009 book and, - with the help of high editorial standards from Windgather Press - producing a useful and readable new volume which would not be out of place on the bookshelves of undergraduates, university professors, and keen ramblers alike. * Archaeologia Cambrensis - Cambrian Archaeological Association *

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“Beacons in the landscape”

A wide-ranging review of hillforts and the people who built them, explaining the complex nature of the phenomenon

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