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The Tale of the Axe: How the Neolithic Revolution Transformed Britain

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Approximately 12,000 years ago, early humans in western Asia and Europe who had been itinerant foragers, subsisting on what food they could find, slowly began settling in one place. They farmed and domesticated animals, created new tools, built monuments, and began preserving and storing food. What brought about this shift? What difference did it make to the overall ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Thames Hudson (first published August 15th 2016)
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Martin Empson
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Irritating.
Robert Sale
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Engaging and illuminating history of the rise of farming and the transformation of the British Isles between the Ice Age and the Bronze age.

At some point in the late 41st or early 42nd century BC a group of people arrived by sea and travelled up the river Medway in Kent. Sometime between 4065 BC and 3940 BC they built a house. Nothing like it had been seen before in the densely wooded British Isles. It was a European style longhouse and the people who lived in it for the next 300 years or so,
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Caolan McMahon
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
How the farming revolution came to Britain. David Miles has managed to write a very engaging history, which includes the latest academic research without overwhelming the lay-person (me). I'm tempted to give this 5 stars, but it is in need of some editing. Several chapters didn't really flow smoothly into one another, and at points were too repetitive. With more editing the book could probably be 3/4 the size, cover the same ground, and still have space to describe the admirably few bits of ...more
Bec
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Comprehensive study of neolithic Britain. i didn't finish it, it was far too dense for stupid old me.
Doctor Black
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: hard-cover
Noahs ark domesticated animals take a ride a long for a 2 million year tyranny abroad a negative geography. This book should be used as a reference or daily meditation at best. Reading this along side "Girl wash your face" can cause a grown man to go insane.
The illustrations and photos are fun as well. An engraved stone in the Neolithic tomb at Gavr'Inis Morbihan, Brittany. Among the carved patterns are the distinctive shapes of jadeitite axes.
This book won't get the rumor mills swirling, but
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From innovative expansions to bleak prospects.
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Excellent overview of the development of society from the mesolithic to the late Bronze Age, using the stone axe as a way to explore belief systems, culture, and trade/exchange routes from the Middle East to northern Europe. Engagingly written and up-to-date.
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