Beacons in the Landscape: The Hillforts of England, Wales and the Isle of Man [Paperback]

Ian Brown(Author)

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ISBN: 9781911188759 | Published by: Windgather Press | Year of Publication: 2021 | 2 | 288p, H9.7 x W7.4, B/w and color
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Beacons in the Landscape


The first edition of this book, published in 2009, gave a detailed account of hillforts, one of our greatest archaeological monuments, which have a profound impact on the landscape but are so little understood. What were they and where are they located? How were they built, what was their function and how did they fit into prehistoric and later society? Lavishly illustrated, this revised and updated second edition not only looks again at these questions in the light of substantial increases in knowledge over the years since first publication, but also now includes the outstanding and unusual hillforts of the Isle of Man.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Definition and Distribution

Chapter 2 – Great surveys – Great excavations

Chapter 3 Beginnings

Chapter 4 – Enclosure

Chapter 5 – Hillfort interiors

Chapter 6 – People

Chapter 7 – Economy

Chapter 8 – Superstition, belief and ritual

Chapter 9 – Coins, tribes, Rome and resistance

Chapter 10 – Beacons in the landscape – New Theories, New Questions

Chapter 11 – Hillforts: a synthesis of ideas


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