Gloucestershire is one of Britain’s richest counties in terms of its
archaeological heritage. Scattered across the high blue hills of the Cotswolds,
along the valleys of the Severn, Avon, and Wye, and through the Forest of
Dean is wealth of sites and monuments that allow us to understand the many
prehistoric communities who once lived, worked, and died there. From the
camps and caves occupied by hunter-gatherer groups visiting the area during
the last Ice Age, through the long barrows and camps of the first farmers, to
the massive hillforts and enclosures built by Celtic chieftains in the centuries
before the Roman Conquest, this book charts the story of the landscape and
its inhabitants over a period spanning more than half a million years.
Drawing on the results of excavations at familiar landmarks such as King
Arthur’s Cave, Belas Knap, Hetty Pegler’s Tump, and Uley Bury, the story is
enriched by the many new and remarkable discoveries made in recent
decades during quarrying and the construction of new roads, houses and
Originally published in 1987 this fully updated and expanded second edition
will be of interest to local residents, visitors, and those with an interest and
love of the county alike.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology in the School of Conservation
Sciences, University of Bournemouth. He is the author of over a dozen
books, including Prehistoric Britain (1987, 1998) and
Long Barrows of the Cotswolds (2004).
248 x 172 mm | paperback | 192 pages | b&w and colour illustrations