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Britain and the Western Seaways
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Britain & the Western Seaways "People & Places" series
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BRITAIN AND THE WESTERN SEAWAYS

by

E. G. Bowen

A green cloth bound book with bright gilt lettering the spine and decoration to bottom corner of the front board. Top edge of pristine page block dyed to match binding - condition VERY GOOD plus. Dust wrapper un-clipped, chipped and with some edge rubbing - VERY GOOD.

1st. 1972
Thames and Hudson Ltd.,
ISBN 0 500 02076 0


Jacket blurbs

Britain and
the Western Seaways
E. G. BOWEN

Ever since he devised the first primitive boats, man has made use of winds, tides and currents in order to migrate, explore and initiate trading routes on a scale that overland travel would not permit. The Atlantic Ocean and connected waterways played a vital role in the prehistory and early history of Western Europe. This tradition of coastal navigation, beginning in the mesolithic period, has continued almost unbroken into modern times : the Celtic Saints and the Viking raiders travelled these early routes, as did the pilgrims of the Middle Ages ; not even the trans-oceanic crossings of the Age of Discovery eliminated the time-honoured coastal traffic, and echoes of this tradition exist today. A scientific network of established sites and finds has clarified and augmented the ancient literary sources which first provided clues to early maritime activity. Evidence gleaned from numerous archaeological sites illustrates the ingenuity of prehistoric navigators, who avoided sailing around stormy headlands in their frail skin-boats by disembarking on one side of a peninsula and then moving overland to the other side before resuming their journey by water.

This extensive maritime activity united the shorelands of Western Europe in a single culture, explaining the presence of Irish gold ornaments and Bronze Age weapons in lands as far apart as Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and Portugal. In a geographical rather than a chronological survey Professor Bowen discusses many fascinating topics, including the colonization of Atlantic Europe, the trade in gold from Ireland in the Early Iron Age and the spread of Christianity in the Dark Ages. The text is illuminated by numerous photographs, line drawings and maps which further elucidate the western sea routes and the traders, seafarers and pilgrims who sailed the margins of the western ocean from Iceland to Spain for a period of over five millennia.


Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
PREFACE
I IN THE BEGINNING
II NEOLITHIC ARGONAUTS
III COPPER, GOLD AND TIN
IV AN ESCAPE TO THE NORTH
V THE SAINTS AND THE SEAWAYS
VI THE SEAWAYS IN REVERSE
VII THE PILGRIMS' WAY
VIII AFTERMATH
NOTES ON THE TEXT
BIBLIOGRAPHY
SOURCES OF THE PLATES
THE PLATES
NOTES ON THE PLATES
INDEX


PLATES  

1 The Nab Head
2 St Ives coastline
3 Little Furzenip
4 Tardenoisian flints
5 Bryn Celli Ddu
6 Labbacallee gallery grave
7 Ballymacdermot court grave
8 Stenness chambered tomb
9 St Lythan's chambered tomb
10 Cae Carreg Fawr
11 Stanton gold ring
12 Heyope gold torques
13 Cintra gold collar
14 Gleninsheen gold collar
15 Poltalloch jet necklace
16 West Kennet bell,beaker
17 Upton Lovel necklace
18 Manton grave goods
19 Westbury,on,Trym hoard
20 St Michael's Mount
21 Llynfawr bronze cauldron
22 Scottish bronze shields
23, 24 Broch of Mousa
25 Dun Troddan broch
26 Dun Telve broch
27 Sagranus stone
28 Bodvoc stone
29 St Petrox church
30 St Dubricius's church
31 Irish curragh

32 Boyne coracle
33 Broighter boat
34 Holy Island, Lough Derg
35 Porth Mawr
36 Tintagel
37 Tintagel pottery
38 St David's cathedral
39 Iona cathedral
40 Kirk Maughold inscription
41 Viking ship reconstruction
42 Gokstad ship
43 Oland silver brooches
44 Balladoole bridle mounts
45 Ballateare sword
46 Helgo bishop's crozier
47 St Patrick's bell
48 St Winifred's well
49 Shrine of St David
50 Mont Saint,Michel
51 Santiago de Compostela
52 Pilgrim's effigy
53 Pilgrims' ship
54 Bayeux Tapestry ship
55 Medieval Bordeaux
56 Portolan chart
57 Chart of Bristol Channel
58 Daniel Rowland memorial
59 Polperro harbour
6o Schooner Alice Williams
61 Breton onion man



FIGURES  

1 After the Ice Age
2 Mesolithic sites
3 Bann river implement
4 Maglemosian pick
5, 6 Neolithic stone axes
7 Irish stone axes
8, 9 Gallery graves
10, 11 Passage graves
12 New Grange
13 Gallery grave, Cohaw
14 Horned cairns
15 Peaks round Irish sea
16, 17 Early Bronze Age axes
18 Halberd blade
19 Irish gold lunulae
20 Bronze swords
21, 22, 24-6 Late Bronze Age axes
23 Late Bronze Age urns

27 The tin route
28 The Broch culture
29 Dun Fiadhairt brooch
3o Iron Age bone combs
31 Inscribed stones
32 Cult of St Dubricius
33 Churches of St Petroc
35 St Samson Of Dol
36 Cult of St Maudez
37 Cults of northern saints
38 Viking raids
39 Scandinavian place names
4o Medieval pilgrimage
41 Site of St David's cathedral
42 Rias Bajas
43 Pilgrim routes
44 The Vinland map


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These images augment my written description - "A green cloth bound book with bright gilt lettering  the spine  and decoration to bottom corner of the front board. Top edge of pristine page block dyed to match binding - condition VERY GOOD plus. Dust wrapper  un-clipped, chipped and with some edge rubbing  -  VERY GOOD. " If there is anything else you would like to see or know then please email me and if I can I will oblige !
These images augment my written description - "A green cloth bound book with bright gilt lettering  the spine  and decoration to bottom corner of the front board. Top edge of pristine page block dyed to match binding - condition VERY GOOD plus. Dust wrapper  un-clipped, chipped and with some edge rubbing  -  VERY GOOD. " If there is anything else you would like to see or know then please email me and if I can I will oblige !
These images augment my written description - "A green cloth bound book with bright gilt lettering  the spine  and decoration to bottom corner of the front board. Top edge of pristine page block dyed to match binding - condition VERY GOOD plus. Dust wrapper  un-clipped, chipped and with some edge rubbing  -  VERY GOOD. " If there is anything else you would like to see or know then please email me and if I can I will oblige !

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