Volunteers’ information

Welcome to the volunteers’ information page. You will find copies of documents about the houses on the site here. You can download these and read them at home. These also exist as printed versions in the volunteers’ folder at Butser Ancient Farm. We will be updating these regularly and would welcome your suggestions about anything else you would like us to add.

You’ll also find our suggested reading list. There is no need for you to read these books unless you want to, but we think you’ll find them interesting. Again please let us know your suggestions.

Many thanks, Sue & Trevor,

Volunteer co-ordinators.

Stone Age

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Reading

The Tale of the Axe. How the Neolithic Revolution transformed Britain by David Miles. 2016. A very readable mix of personal experience and archaeological science.

Homo Britannicus by Chris Stringer. 2007. The story of human life in Britain. Not just the story of humans but also the story of humans finding out about humans. Deep prehistory.

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes. 2016. by Adam Rutherford. A chatty look at modern DNA science – and what it can and can’t tell us

Britain Begins by Barry Cunnliffe. 2013.From the end of the the last Ice Age to the eve of the Norman Conquest.

Britain BC by Francis Pryor. 2003. A very readable account of life in Britain before the Romans.

Iron Age

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Britain Begins by Barry Cunnliffe. 2013.From the end of the the last Ice Age to the eve of the Norman Conquest.

The Iron Age by Barry Cunliffe. 2004. A good general overview of the British Iron Age from one of the nation’s leading scholars on the topic.

Britain BC by Francis Pryor. 2003. A very readable account of life in Britain before the Romans.

 

 

Romans

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Reading

Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain by Charlotte Higgins. History meets travelogue. Looking for what’s left of Roman Britain. Well worth the journey.

Roman Britain by Guy De La Bedoyere. What the Romans did for us, and what they left behind.

SPQR, A history of Ancient Rome. 2015. A general overview of the history of Rome by a leading British scholar. Very readable but be warned – all Roman histories seem to end as a list of emperors.

 

Saxons

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Reading

The Anglo-Saxon World by Nicholas J Higham and Martin J Ryan.

Comprehensive introduction to the Anglo-Saxons in Britain.

The Anglo-Saxon World by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Yes the same title but a very different book. Wonderful collection of Anglo-Saxon writings from riddles to religious.