From the author of 'Britain BC', 'Britain AD' and 'Britain in the Middle Ages' comes the fourth and final part in a critically acclaimed series on Britain's hidden past
From the author of Britain BC, Britain AD and Britain in the Middle Ages comes the fourth and final part in a critically acclaimed series on Britain's hidden past
The relevance of archaeology to the study of the ancient world is indisputable. But, when exploring our recent past, does it have any role to play? In The Birth of Modern Britain Francis Pryor
highlights archaeology s continued importance to the world around us.
The pioneers of the Industrial Revolution were too busy innovating to record what was happening around them but fortunately the buildings and machines they left behind bring the period to life. During the Second World War, the imminent threat of invasion meant that constructing strong defences was much more important than keeping precise records. As a result, when towns were flattened, archaeology provided the only real means of discovering what had been destroyed.
Surveying the whole post-medieval period, from 1550 until the present day, Francis Pryor
takes us on an exhilarating journey, bringing to a gripping conclusion his illuminating study of Britain s hidden past.
has spent 30 years studying the prehistory of the Fens. He has excavated sites as diverse as Bronze Age farms, field systems and entire Iron Age villages. From 1980 he turned his attention to pre-Roman religion. In 1982, while working in a drainage dyke at Flag Fen, on the outskirts of Peterborough, he discovered the waterlogged timbers of a Bronze Age religious site. In 1987, with his wife Maisie Taylor, he set up the Fenland Archaeological Trust, which opened Flag Fen to the public. He appears frequently on TV's 'Time Team' and is the author of 'Seahenge' as well as 'Britain BC', 'Britain AD' and 'Britain in the Middle Ages'.