Home: A Time Traveller's Tales from Britain's Prehistory

Home: A Time Traveller's Tales from Britain's Prehistory In Home Francis Pryor, author of The Making of the British Landscape, archaeologist and broadcaster, takes us on his lifetime s quest to discover the origins of family life in prehistoric BritainFrancis Pryor s search for the origins of our island story has been the quest of a lifetime In Home, the Time Team expert explores the first nine thousand years of life in Britain, from the retreat of the glaciers to the Romans departure Tracing the settlement of domestic communities, he shows how archaeology enables us to reconstruct the evolution of habits, traditions and customs But this, too, is Francis Pryor s own story of his passion for unearthing our past, from Yorkshire to the west country, Lincolnshire to Wales, digging in freezing winters, arid summers, mud and hurricanes, through frustrated journeys and euphoric discoveries Evocative and intimate, Home shows how, in going about their daily existence, our prehistoric ancestors created the institution that remains at the heart of the way we live now the family Under his gaze, the land starts to fill with tribes and clans wandering this way and that, leaving traces that can still be seen today Pryor feels the land rather than simply knowing it Guardian Former president of the Council for British Archaeology, Dr Francis Pryor has spent over thirty years studying our prehistory He has excavated sites as diverse as Bronze Age farms, field systems and entire Iron Age villages He appears frequently on TV s Time Team and is the author of The Making of the British Landscape, Seahenge, as well as Britain BC and Britain AD, both of which he adapted and presented as ChannelseriesShow More Show Less

10 thoughts on “Home: A Time Traveller's Tales from Britain's Prehistory

  1. says:

    If I have one criticism of this book it is that Francis Pryor tends to lose a bit of focus at times and meanders off the subject at hand Be that as it may I can feast on Pryor s books all day long As usual, he is easy to read and one always learns.

  2. says:

    Unlike thefocused Seahenge, Francis Pryor s Home tries to cover a lot of ground no less than looking at the roots of family life in the Neolithic world, and its development through to recorded history There s a lot of evidence to look at, but a lot of it doesn t deal directly with the home in fact, Pryor discusses Seahenge and Stonehenge at reasonable length, as well as

  3. says:

    To describe this book as interesting sounds like damning with faint praise but it isn t Pryor s book is genuinely interesting He brings all his experience as an archaeologist to bear on looking at pre Roman Britain from an angle which is unusual He sees the development of home life and community as the driving force, rather than top down organisation, and he interprets the ev

  4. says:

    A fantastic and refreshing book that aims to put the people of prehistory back on the page Rather than a cold and calculating academic treatise, Pryor brings the past vividly to life through his relating of the latest discoveries in archaeology within the framework of his decades of professional experience, all told in a warm and comfortable voice.Even better, his work in experime

  5. says:

    A very enjoyable, erudite and all round super book from a major figure of the field and of course a regular on Time Team.Opening with life in the Continent connected Britain of just after the end of the last Ice Age, the book covers a lot of ground in stages, ending with Celtic Britain and a bit about the time of the Romans But the heart of this book maybe I should say hearth is the cr

  6. says:

    A fairly convincing view of the likely lifestyle and organisation of live in Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Iron Age in Britain and he very occasionally touches on Ireland that focuses on the family unit as being key as opposed to grander societal structures This idea is compellingly put, but it is maybe pushed very slightly too far to the exclusion of all else.What is equally compelling is not

  7. says:

    A very engaging and interesting book which mixes personal anecdote with prehistory and archaeology His argument about the importance of family and against the existence of top down hierarchy is circular and reliant on his own interpretations But for this time period I figure that s fine as there doesn t seem to be much evidence to test it either way.

  8. says:

    A very readable work which covers the full sweep of prehistoric Britain and examines what we can learn of family life and its implictions for the wider community Pryor has an assured, conversational style which is very accessible.Plus I have to give marks to someone who casually mentions the Isle of Man a few times, just because it s there Maybe next time he could discuss some sites too

  9. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In Home, the archaeologist Francis Pryor sets out to explore home and family life and the way ordinary people managed their affairs in the nine or so millennia between the end of the Ice Age and the coming of the Romans He does this in a readable and accessible way which makes this an excellent book for the general reader He b

  10. says:

    This book is an overview of the development of the concept of home and family in Britain from the Palaeolithic to the arrival of the Romans Much of this depends on the interpretation of archaeological sites, which Francis Pryor is amply qualified to do The book isthan this, though It is also to some extent a memoir of Pryor s life in archaeology I enjoyed most his discussion of Flag fen, and his ideas on how s

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