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Was life in prehistoric Britain really just a brutal, rootless struggle for survival? In Home , Francis Pryor reveals a completely different picture of the past, showing that hearth and home lay at the heart of our ancestors' lives, and led to some of the most profound advances in human society.

Explores the first nine thousand years of life in Britain, from the retreat of the glaciers to the Romans departure. This book traces the settlement of domestic communities, and shows how archaeology enables us to reconstruct the evolution of habits, traditions and customs.
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Was life in prehistoric Britain really just a brutal, rootless struggle for survival? In Home , Francis Pryor reveals a completely different picture of the past, showing that hearth and home lay at the heart of our ancestors' lives, and led to some of the most profound advances in human society.

Explores the first nine thousand years of life in Britain, from the retreat of the glaciers to the Romans departure. This book traces the settlement of domestic communities, and shows how archaeology enables us to reconstruct the evolution of habits, traditions and customs.

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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 Britain Francis 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

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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 Channel 4 series.

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Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Published
1st October 2015
Pages
352
ISBN
9780241955888
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