Creating Prehistory: Druids, Ley Hunters and Archaeologists in Pre-War Britain

Creating Prehistory: Druids, Ley Hunters and Archaeologists in Pre-War Britain

Author(s): Adam Stout

Published Online: 7 APR 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405155045

Online ISBN: 9781444302912

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302912

About this Book

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.

  • Investigates the origins of professional archaeology in Britain during the inter-war period
  • Brings to life many fascinating and controversial personalities and their creeds, including the archaeologists O. G. S. Crawford, Mortimer Wheeler and Gordon Childe; Grafton Elliot Smith and W. H. R. Rivers (of 'Regeneration' fame); Alfred Watkins and The Old Straight Track; and the thunderous George Watson Macgregor Reid, who brought the Druids back to Stonehenge
  • Examines the production of archaeological knowledge as a social process, and the relationship between personalities, institutions, ideology, and power
  • Addresses the ongoing debates of the significance of sites such as Stonehenge, Avebury, and Maiden Castle

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Disciplining the Past

  2. Part II: Contesting Utopia

  3. Part III: The Most Ancient Faith

  4. Part IV: Order and Civilization

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