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Beacons in the Landscape: The Hillforts of England and Wales

Beacons in the Landscape: The Hillforts of England and Wales (Paperback)

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Of all Britain's great archaeological monuments the Iron Age hillforts have arguably had the most profound impact on the landscape, if only because there are so many; yet we know very little about them. Were they recognised as being something special by those who created them or is the 'hillfort' purely an archaeologists' 'construct'? How were they constructed, who lived in them and to what uses were they put? This book, which is richly illustrated with photography of sites throughout England and Wales, addresses these and many other questions. After discussing the difficult issue of definition and the great excavations on which our knowledge is based, Ian Brown investigates in turn hillforts' origins, their architecture, and the role they played in Iron Age society. He also discusses the latest theories about their location, social significance and chronology. The book provides a valuable synthesis of the rich vein of research carried out in Britain on hillforts over the last thirty years. Hillforts' great variability poses many problems, and this book should help guide both the specialist and non-specialist alike though the complex literature.

Furthermore, it has an important conservation objective. Land use in the modern era has not been kind to these monuments, with a significant number either disfigured or lost. Public consciousness of their importance needs raising if their management is to be improved and their future assured.

Ian Brown is an Honorary Research Associate of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, formerly an Honorary Associate of the University of Wales, Lampeter and Principal of the Consultancy Heritage Management Services.

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Adam Stout’s ‘Art Deco Archaeology’ in CA 238, showed how Mortimer Wheeler’s interpretation of Maiden Castle shifted against the background of Nazi war preparations, leading to the view that has stuck firmly in many minds that hillforts are a defensive response to tribal warfare and the threat from Rome.

Ian Brown’s book firmly rejects this idea. To argue that hillforts were primarily built with martial intent misses evidence pointing to other factors, he says, and much of the book is taken up with explaining the many different functions served by hillforts over the thousand years in which the monument type can be traced. Like Medieval castles, they could be symbols of status and prestige, they could control key resources and transport routes, they could be markets, habitations, storage silos and cult centres.

Echoing Barry Cunliffe’s dictim that ‘there may be no such thing as a typical hillfort’, he says ‘one fact above all others stands out – their great variability’. As a guide to their many different forms and functions, this is a very thorough, well-written and well-illustrated book.

Reprinted with permission by www.archaeology.co.uk

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/02/2011

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