Inland from the Wash, on England’s eastern cost, crisscrossed by substantial rivers & punctuated by soaring church spires, are the low-lying, marshy & mysterious Fens. Formed by marine & freshwater flooding, & historically wealthy owing to the fertility of their soils, the Fens of Lincolnshire & Cambridgeshire are one of the most distinctive, neglected & extraordinary regions of England. Francis Pryor has the most intimate of connections with this landscape. For some 40 years he has dug its soils as a working archaeologist – making ground-breaking discoveries about the nature of prehistoric settlement in the area – & raising sheep in the flower-growing country between Spalding & Wisbech.

In The Fens, he counterpoints the history of the Fenland landscape and its transformation – from Bronze age field systems … More

Commencing with an extremely useful section of 11 pages introducing the reader to the ancient heritage of early Sussex building stones, there follows useful supplementary information, packed with delightful figures in colour. With applicable illustrations, it advises on topics such as ‘The Building Stone Landscape’, ‘Stone Quarrying in Sussex’, ‘Historic Use of Building Stones’, & even to the past coastal & river navigation of about 1000AD that assisted in the distribution of the stone types at that time. There follows a comprehensive, well laid out, easy to use, double-page spread, describing each rock type in stratigraphical order. Occasionally, two double-page spreads are used where the importance of certain rocks, such as the Hastings Sandstone, are involved.

These descriptions are accompanied by excellent colour photographs of the particular building stone, both in its natural geological environment and … More

This rich & magisterial work traces Palestine’s millennia-old heritage, uncovering cultures & societies of astounding depth & complexity that stretch back to the very beginnings of recorded history. Starting with the earliest references in Egyptian & Assyrian texts, Nur Masalha explores how Palestine & its Palestinian identity have evolved over thousands of years, from the Bronze Age to the present day.

Drawing on a rich body of sources and the latest archaeological evidence, Masalha shows how Palestine’s multicultural past has been … More