Mark Simmons wrote:
" So why aren't there more "popular archaeology" books on the shelves ? "
Surely the answer to that is that we (the archaeologists) are unable to
What readers are the Tempus publications aimed at? Some of those (eg
Francis Pryor's 'Farmers' and Martin Green's 'Landscape') seem readable
enough for anyone. Others (sorry, no names!) are a struggle to read and
perhaps reflect our more usual level of writing.
Does anyone know the sales figures for the popular Boxgrove book, or how
Mike Pitts' recent 'Hengeworld' is doing? Both of these books add people to
the excavated holes and bits of junk which gives life to the subject and
which helps people to relate more easily to the past in a way that the
reconstructions (of a separate thread) also do.
There are also a fair number of children's books with an archaeological
base - in fact kids may fare better than the grown ups, although we can
always cheat and read them too.
cheers - Rog