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Description - Creating Prehistory by Adam Stout

In this highly original account, Adam Stout demonstrates for the first time how a generation of determined and scientifically-minded young archaeologists succeeded in creating the discipline of today. Creating Prehistory deals even-handedly and sympathetically with the creation of several different sorts of prehistory during the volatile period between the two World Wars.The author weaves a fascinating tale of the personalities and institutions involved in the development of 'professional' archaeology and the marginalization of its competitors. He investigates the influence of the Diffusionists and their much-neglected pacifist agendas, the controversial reappearance of the Druids at Stonehenge, and the sensational popularity of The Old Straight Track. The result is a convincing and highly insightful glimpse into the intellectual origins of contemporary archaeology during the 1920s and 30s. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in today's fascination with the prehistoric past.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405155045
ISBN-10: 1405155043
Format: Hardback
(237mm x 163mm x 23mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 16-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Adam Stout

Adam Stout is a Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. His pioneering study of urban cowkeeping in 1978 marked him out as a historian of the unusual. Other works include The Thorn and the Waters: Miraculous Glastonbury in the Eighteenth Century (2007); What's Real and What Is Not: Reflections upon Archaeology and Earth Mysteries in Britain (2006); Pimlico: Deep Well of Glee (1997); The Old Gloucester: Study of a Cattle Breed (1980); and a series of acclaimed artistic collaborations including Where Two Rivers Meet: The Story of Kennet Mouth (1994).