Ancient Wonderings: Journeys Into Prehistoric Britain

Hardcover | August 1, 2017

byJames Canton

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Take a journey into our ancient past. Explore a long-lost landscape and gradually discover the minds, beliefs and cultural practices of those souls who lived on these lands thousands of years before you.Travelling the length and breadth of Britain, James Canton immerses himself in the landscape, chasing those physical obsessions of prehistory which prove so revealing to us today: stone circles, flint arrowheads, sacred stones, gold, tin, and a lost Roman road. He explores the wonders of the natural world which occupied ancient minds: the night sky, shooting stars, the rising and setting sun. And he wanders to the furthest reaches of our islands to seek the remnants left by our ancestors, weaving a gentle, beautiful tale of discovery: from an undeciphered Pictish stone north of Aberdeen to the first footsteps on the edge of an Ice Age land in the North Sea.As Canton walks the terrain, familiarising himself with the geography, geomorphology and geology, he tells this captivating story of stepping into the past, of journeying across Britain's wildest lands on a trail of prehistoric worlds. The shadows of these worlds extend into our modern world, showing that our minds are very similar to the minds of our ancestors who lived here before us. By unearthing the secrets of our ancient past we begin to realise what it is, what it has ever been, to be human.

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Take a journey into our ancient past. Explore a long-lost landscape and gradually discover the minds, beliefs and cultural practices of those souls who lived on these lands thousands of years before you.Travelling the length and breadth of Britain, James Canton immerses himself in the landscape, chasing those physical obsessions of pre...

James Canton teaches the Wild Writing MA course at the University of Essex, exploring the fascinating ties between literature and the landscape of East Anglia. He has run workshops to encourage writing on nature and landscape and is the author of Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape (2013), which was inspired by rural wander...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0008175209

ISBN - 13:9780008175207

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Praise for James Canton's Out of Essex:'Some landscapes are silent, others as eager to communicate as the shades in Homer's underworld. But not everyone has the gift of hearing what they are saying. James Canton's involvement with Essex is long and deep, and in this book of walking, remembering, and reflecting, he picks up echoes from many writers who are connected to its villages, towns and surrounding countryside. . His pilgrimage to the past is full of surprises and always enjoyable, as he reinvigorates the familiar scene and recovers unfamiliar associations.' Marina Warner, chair of the Man Booker International prize 2015'Canton . is a stalker of literary ghosts, following traces across the Essex countryside that might lead him to the writers who might have lived and worked among these landscapes.' Times Literary Supplement'Out of Essex . enlightens the not-so-literary among us, it illuminates Essex in a new, fascinating, light. It offers a compelling read - and it certainly offers a welcome contrast to the rather tired stereotypical views of the county. At times conversational, at times meditative - it is always lyrically beautiful. Canton joins the Golden Age of East Anglian environmental writers - alongside the likes of Richard Mabey and Mark Cocker - and he has done Essex proud.' East Anglian Daily Times'A kaleidoscopic journey across the county synonymous with fake tans, peroxide, partying and reality TV. It's impossible not to be swept along with Canton's infectious enthusiasm for his quest. Out of Essex is endearing and honest . a refreshing look at landscape through literary history that encourages us to refocus our perspective.' The Earthlines Review