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A really interesting read, Francis Pryor knows how to tell a story and does not get too technical so that the average reader can get a lot of useful insight without being blinded by science It really opened my eyes to how people were living some 6000 years ago and has changed my perspective of how people lived during these times Well worth a read if you are interested in how family life looked before the Roman invasion of Britain and how sophisticated those people were. A very enjoyable, erudite and all round super book from a major figure of the field and of course a regular on Time Team.Opening with life in the Continent connected Britain of just after the end of the last Ice Age, the book covers a lot of ground in stages, ending with Celtic Britain and a bit about the time of the Romans But the heart of this book maybe I should say hearth is the crucial role played in prehistoric cultural evolution by the family and family life This is why the book is called Home Pryor is unusual amongst archaeologists in allowing his natural humanity to inform his scientific discoveries and understanding It is this willingness to add human common sense to science that makes the book so appealing.I d recommend this book to pretty much anybody with a brain and the desire to use it Although especially in the first half the writing style is peppered with mental diversions, as if Pryor is attempting a little stream of consciousness, those distractions depart as the style settles down But all the main stuff is there wisdom, experience, insight, and the willingness to say what lesser men of archaeology are too stuffy to say.Bravo In Home Francis Pryor, Author Of The Making Of The British Landscape, Archaeologist And Broadcaster, Takes Us On His Lifetime S Quest To Discover The Origins Of Family Life In Prehistoric BritainFrancis Pryor S Search For The Origins Of Our Island Story Has Been The Quest Of A Lifetime In Home, The Time Team Expert Explores The First Nine Thousand Years Of Life In Britain, From The Retreat Of The Glaciers To The Romans Departure Tracing The Settlement Of Domestic Communities, He Shows How Archaeology Enables Us To Reconstruct The Evolution Of Habits, Traditions And Customs But This, Too, Is Francis Pryor S Own Story Of His Passion For Unearthing Our Past, From Yorkshire To The West Country, Lincolnshire To Wales, Digging In Freezing Winters, Arid Summers, Mud And Hurricanes, Through Frustrated Journeys And Euphoric Discoveries Evocative And Intimate, Home Shows How, In Going About Their Daily Existence, Our Prehistoric Ancestors Created The Institution That Remains At The Heart Of The Way We Live Now The Family Under His Gaze, The Land Starts To Fill With Tribes And Clans Wandering This Way And That, Leaving Traces That Can Still Be Seen Today Pryor Feels The Land Rather Than Simply Knowing It Guardian Former President Of The Council For British Archaeology, Dr Francis Pryor Has Spent Over Thirty Years Studying Our Prehistory He Has Excavated Sites As Diverse As Bronze Age Farms, Field Systems And Entire Iron Age Villages He Appears Frequently On TV S Time Team And Is The Author Of The Making Of The British Landscape, Seahenge, As Well As Britain BC And Britain AD, Both Of Which He Adapted And Presented As Channel SeriesShow More Show Less A fantastic and refreshing book that aims to put the people of prehistory back on the page Rather than a cold and calculating academic treatise, Pryor brings the past vividly to life through his relating of the latest discoveries in archaeology within the framework of his decades of professional experience, all told in a warm and comfortable voice.Even better, his work in experimental archaeology and a life in farming means he can offer further insight and speculation, not least about the importance of community, that too many academics miss because their are too distant from their subject.I wasn t sure whether I d enjoy Pryor s work, but was finally tempted to buy this by its low price Now I m very much a fan. A very engaging and interesting book which mixes personal anecdote with prehistory and archaeology His argument about the importance of family and against the existence of top down hierarchy is circular and reliant on his own interpretations But for this time period I figure that s fine as there doesn t seem to be much evidence to test it either way. A fairly convincing view of the likely lifestyle and organisation of live in Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Iron Age in Britain and he very occasionally touches on Ireland that focuses on the family unit as being key as opposed to grander societal structures This idea is compellingly put, but it is maybe pushed very slightly too far to the exclusion of all else.What is equally compelling is not just the ideas expressed in the book, but the way Frances Pryor shows how those ideas evolved overthrowing not only what he had first been taught but also some of his own earlier theories as to the course of life in prehistoric and Iron Age Britain. A very readable work which covers the full sweep of prehistoric Britain and examines what we can learn of family life and its implictions for the wider community Pryor has an assured, conversational style which is very accessible.Plus I have to give marks to someone who casually mentions the Isle of Man a few times, just because it s there Maybe next time he could discuss some sites too In Home, the archaeologist Francis Pryor sets out to explore home and family life and the way ordinary people managed their affairs in the nine or so millennia between the end of the Ice Age and the coming of the Romans He does this in a readable and accessible way which makes this an excellent book for the general reader He bases his arguments on what he has seen in the ground in various archaeological explorations over the past 30 40 years and this makes for fascinating reading and gives him an authority which gives weight to many of his arguments and theories Pryor shows how there was change in the way people lived as they managed the developments in farming and metal technology but there was also consistency as families remained at the core of people s lives. Unlike the focused Seahenge, Francis Pryor s Home tries to cover a lot of ground no less than looking at the roots of family life in the Neolithic world, and its development through to recorded history There s a lot of evidence to look at, but a lot of it doesn t deal directly with the home in fact, Pryor discusses Seahenge and Stonehenge at reasonable length, as well as other potentially sacred places and practices that we don t now fully understand or in some cases, understand at all It somewhat ties in with what I ve been reading recently about Celtic culture, and the development of infrastructure in Britain, though it covers a lot centuries, so it was interesting to see where it dovetailed.Unfortunately, I think the fact that there s sections about burial practices and the like detracts from the central theme, even though it does relate to how a home life might have been seen and how individuals were treated Pryor s willingness to speculate about all these things makes the book seem a little overstuffed at times reiterating ideas from Seahenge and from Mike Parker Pearson s Stonehenge, then discussing Pryor s own digging experiences, and then talking about a hoard found somewhere else It lacks focus, I think, which is a shame.It s still a fascinating book, and Pryor writes well and interestingly, but it feels like the material could equally constitute most of Britain BC, which I haven t yet read but intend to It isn t just about the home we don t have enough evidence for that, as much as we would wish it Instead, questions about ritual and beliefs about death intrude at all times, partly because these are things we are fascinated to know, and only partly for the way it reflects on the living of life.Originally posted here. To describe this book as interesting sounds like damning with faint praise but it isn t Pryor s book is genuinely interesting He brings all his experience as an archaeologist to bear on looking at pre Roman Britain from an angle which is unusual He sees the development of home life and community as the driving force, rather than top down organisation, and he interprets the evidence as showing a much higher level of sophistication than has been thought and taught.