The Amesbury Archer and the Boscombe Bowmen: Bell Beaker Burials at Boscombe Down, Amesbury, Wiltshire: 27 (Wessex Archaeology Report) - Softcover
Found a few kilometres from Stonehenge, the graves of the Amesbury Archer and the Boscombe Bowmen date to the 24th century BC and are two of the earliest Bell Beaker graves in Britain. The Boscombe Bowmen is a collective burial and the Amesbury Archer is a single burial but isotope analyses suggest that both were the graves of incomers to Wessex. The objects placed in both graves have strong continental connections and the metalworking tool found in the grave of the Amesbury Archer may explain why his mourners afforded him one of the most well-furnished burials yet found in Europe. This excavation report contains a series of wide-ranging studies and scientific analyses by an array of experts and a discussion of the graves within their British and continental European contexts.
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Beautifully illustrated and highly readable. This bookis an excellent and enjoyable read. --Fortean Times
The almost mythic names Bowmen, Archer, and Companion make these prehistoric individuals, along with Ítzi the Iceman, arguably the best known European individuals from the remote past. The magic of these stories comes across. --Current Archaeology
I am genuinely impressed. One can no longer write about Bell Beakers without referring to this elaborate and significant work. In all I have read the book with great interest. It is a lot of value for relatively little money. --Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
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- PublisherWessex Archaeology
- Publication date2013
- ISBN 10 1874350620
- ISBN 13 9781874350620
- Number of pages240