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Pryor, Francis

Overview
Works: 74 works in 353 publications in 1 language and 5,582 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Catalogs  Legends  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: GN805, 936.101
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Francis Pryor
King Arthur's Britain( Visual )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archaeologist Francis Pryor has made ancient history popular in books and television specials. In this three-part series, he uses the myth of the British icon- King Arthur- to explain new discoveries that dispute the traditional view of early Britain
Britain in the Middle Ages : an archaeological history by Francis Pryor( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With technical advancements including the widespread use of metal-detectors and a recent increase in the number of archaeological excavations nationwide, Britain in the Middle Ages draws on a depth of knowledge and research to dispel the common misconception of the 'Dark Ages' as an era characterized by chaos and violence. Redefining everything from the role of the Vikings - conventionally depicted as rapists and pillagers but here shown to have played a crucial role in extending existing trade routes - to the supposed rigidity of the feudal system - now revealed to have existed in a state of considerable flux - Britain in the Middle Ages demolishes many of the schoolroom myths about medieval Britain. Far from a period of stasis, Francis Pryor demonstrates that the Middle Ages, particularly the two centuries following the Black Death epidemic of 1348, were a time of diversity, transition and growth." "Britain and the Middle Ages takes readers on a tour of a landscape at once familiar and foreign, from the Middle Saxon town of Lundenwic that proves the nation's capital has been a major trading port for 1,400 years, to excavations at Winchester showing that many early towns were planned and laid out in Saxon times by the famous King Alfred. In so doing, Francis Pryor advances a convincing argument for a new definition of the Middle Ages as the era which gave birth to the modern world."--Jacket
Britain B.C. : life in Britain and Ireland before the Romans by Francis Pryor( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aided in recent years by aerial photography and coastal erosion (which has helped expose such sites as Seahenge), and by advances in scientific techniques such as radiocarbon dating and wood analysis, archaeologists have discovered compelling evidence for a much more sophisticated life among the Ancient Britons than has been previously supposed. Far from being woad-painted barbarians, the earliest inhabitants of the British Isles had developed their own religions, laws, crafts, arts, trade systems, farms and priesthood long before the Romans brief occupation." "Examining sites from the great ceremonial landscapes of Stonehenge, Avebury and the Bend of the Boyne to small domestic settlements, and objects from precious ritual offerings to the tiny fragments of flint discarded by toolmakers, Francis Pryor one of our leading archaeologists, has created a remarkable portrait of the life of our ancestors, in all its variety and complexity. His authoritative and radical re-examination of Britain and Ireland before the coming of the Romans makes us look a fresh at the whole story of our islands."--Jacket
Stonehenge : the story of a sacred landscape by Francis Pryor( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pryor delivers a rigorous account of the nature and history of Stonehenge, but also places the enigmatic monument in a wider cultural context, bringing acute insight into how antiquarians, scholars, writers, artists, and even neopagans, have interpreted the mystery over the centuries."--Front jacket flap
The making of the British landscape : how we have transformed the land, from prehistory to today by Francis Pryor( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the changing story of Britain as it has been preserved in our fields, roads, buildings, towns and villages, mountains, forests and islands. From our suburban streets that still trace out the boundaries of long vanished farms to the Norfolk Broads, formed when medieval peat pits flooded, from the ceremonial landscapes of Stonehenge to the spread of the railways -- evidence of how man's effect on Britain is everywhere. In The Making of the British Landscape, eminent historian, archaeologist and farmer, Francis Pryor explains how to read these clues to understand the fascinating history of our land and of how people have lived on it throughout time. Covering both the urban and rural and packed with pictures, maps and drawings showing everything from how we can still pick out Bronze Age fields on Bodmin Moor to how the Industrial Revolution really changed our landscape, this book makes us look afresh at our surroundings and really see them for the first time
Excavation at Fengate, Peterborough, England : the first report by Francis Pryor( Book )

27 editions published between 1974 and 1984 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain A.D. : a quest for Arthur, England, and the Anglo-Saxons by Francis Pryor( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Britain A.D. the prehistorian and field archaeologist Francis Pryor explores to effect some of the great origin myths of 'Dark Age' Britain: who were the Celts, the Anglo-Saxons and the Ancient Britons? How real are their legendary leaders such as King Arthur or Hengist and Horsa? How reliable are authors such as Gildas and the Venerable Bede?" "It was the racial theories of Victorian Englishmen that gave rise to the myth of Anglo-Saxon conquest in order to prove their own superiority to their so-called 'Celtic' neighbours. Arthur, legendary King of the Britons, was in turn used to prop up the Anglo-Saxon invasion theory. The origins of his story lie in Bronze Age Britain, and Francis Pryor shows that continuity of religious and ceremonial ritual runs from the Bronze Age through to the Middle Ages."--Jacket
The birth of modern Britain : a journey into Britain's archaeological past, 1550 to the present by Francis Pryor( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It might be thought that in the modern world, where documentary evidence abounds, there is no place for archaeology. But nothing could be further from the truth. Documentary records alone are not sufficient to provide a balanced view of Britain’s recent history. This is hardly surprising in the agricultural and industrial ‘revolutions’, when pioneers were too busy inventing to record what was happening around them. But the same could apply in much later times. In the Second World War the imminent threat of invasion and the sheer pressure of events made the keeping of records less important than the building of physical defences, such as concrete anti-tank cubes and pill-boxes. As a result, archaeological evidence still provides the most reliable guide to the extent of Britain’s anti-invasion defences in the autumn of 1940. Covering the whole of the post-medieval period, from 1550 to the present day, Francis Pryor brings his customary wit and erudition to the study of modern historical archaeology, probably the fastest-growing branch of the subject. Ranging over topics as diverse as the birth of modern agriculture, the growth of towns and cities, and the development of roads, canals and railways, he brings to a gripping conclusion his illuminating journey into Britain’s archaeological past."--Publisher description
A catalogue of British and Irish prehistoric bronzes in the Royal Ontario Museum by Royal Ontario Museum( Book )

12 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flag Fen, Peterborough : excavation and research, 1995-2007( )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume discusses work carried out at Flag Fen since the completion, in 1995, of the comprehensive Flag Fen Basin Report (EH Archaeology Report, 2001). That monograph published results from the excavations of the Bronze Age platform and the western (Fengate) landfall of the post alignment
Excavation at Fengate, Peterborough, England : the second report by Francis Pryor( Book )

12 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Home : a time traveller's tales from Britain's prehistory by Francis Pryor( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Farmers in prehistoric Britain by Francis Pryor( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francis Pryor maintains that early farming in Britain has been misunderstood because British archaeology is essentially an urban activity, studied by people who have lost contact with the countryside. In this book, he draws on his experience
The Flag Fen Basin : archaeology and environment of a Fenland landscape by Francis Pryor( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Flag Fen Basin has been the subject of nearly continuous archaeological research since about 1900. This research sheds new light on the Neolithic landscape, on the Iron Age and Roman landscapes, and on the changing environmental conditions since the earlier Neolithic
Etton : excavations at a neolithic causewayed enclosure near Maxey, Cambridgeshire, 1982-7 by Francis Pryor( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Neolithic causewayed enclosure at Etton, cut into a Pleistocene gravel river terrace, occupied a floodplain 'island' within a relict stream meander in the Welland Valley, Maxey, Cambridgeshire. Regular flooding laid down layers of clay alluvium, mainly in Iron Age and later times, preserving a palaesol and protecting the site from modern plough damage. The causewayed enclosure, small by British standards, comprised a single, 'squashed oval' shaped ditch. Excavations revealed c 80% of the interior and most date the construction and use to the fourth millennium cal BC, that is, early in
Seahenge : a quest for life and death in Bronze Age Britain by Francis Pryor( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lively and authoritative investigation into the lives of our ancestors, based on the revolution in the field of Bronze Age archaeology which has been taking place in Norfolk and the Fenlands over the last twenty years, and in which the author has played a central role. One of the most haunting and enigmatic archaeological discoveries of recent times was the uncovering in 1998 at low tide of the so-called Seahenge off the north coast of Norfolk. This circle of wooden planks set vertically in the sand, with a large inverted tree-trunk in the middle, likened to a ghostly 'hand reaching up from the underworld', has now been dated back to around 2020 BC. The timbers are currently (and controversially) in the author's safekeeping at Flag Fen. Francis Pryor and his wife (an expert in ancient wood-working and analysis) have been at the centre of Bronze Age fieldwork for nearly 30 years, piecing together the way of life of Bronze Age people, their settlement of the landscape, their religion and rituals. The famous wetland sites of the East Anglian Fens have preserved ten times the information of their dryland counterparts like Stonehenge and Avebury, in the form of pollen, leaves, wood, hair, skin and fibre found 'pickled' in mud and peat. Seahenge demonstrates how much Western civilisation owes to the prehistoric societies that existed in Europe in the last four millennia BC
English Heritage book of Flag Fen : prehistoric Fenland centre by Francis Pryor( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stonehenge : a story of a scared landscape by Francis Pryor( Book )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perched on the chalk uplands of Salisbury Plain, the megaliths of Stonehenge offer one of the most recognizable outlines of any ancient structure. Its purpose place of worship, sacrificial arena, giant calendar is unknown, but its story is one of the most extraordinary of any of the world's prehistoric monuments. Constructed in several phases over a period of some 1500 years, beginning c. 3000 BC, Stonehenge's key elements are its 'bluestones' , transported from West Wales by unexplained means, and sarsen stones quarried from the nearby Marlborough Downs. Francis Pryor delivers a rigorous account of the nature and history of Stonehenge, but also places the enigmatic stones in a wider cultural context, exploring how antiquarians, scholars, writers, artists, 'the heritage industry' and even neopagans have interpreted the site over the centuries. -- Product description
Flag fen : life and death of a prehistoric landscape by Francis Pryor( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excavation at Fengate, Peterborough, England : the third report by Francis Pryor( Book )

8 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Britain in the Middle Ages : an archaeological history
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Britain in the Middle Ages : an archaeological historyBritain B.C. : life in Britain and Ireland before the RomansThe making of the British landscape : how we have transformed the land, from prehistory to todayBritain A.D. : a quest for Arthur, England, and the Anglo-SaxonsThe birth of modern Britain : a journey into Britain's archaeological past, 1550 to the presentFlag Fen, Peterborough : excavation and research, 1995-2007Farmers in prehistoric BritainThe Flag Fen Basin : archaeology and environment of a Fenland landscape
Alternative Names
Francis Pryor Britischer Archäologe

Francis Pryor British archaeologist

Pryor, F. M. M.

Pryor, F. M. M. 1945-

Pryor, F. M. M. (Francis M. M.)

Pryor, F. M. M. (Francis M. M.), 1945-

Pryor, Francis M. M.

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English (236)