Facing the Ocean: The Atlantic and Its Peoples, 8000 BC-AD 1500

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Atlantic Coast (Europe) - 600 pages
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This work focuses on the western rim of Europe - the Atlantic facade - an area stretching from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Isles of Shetland. We are shown how original and inventive the communities were, and how they maintained their own distinctive identities - often over long spans. From the hunter-gatherers, c8000 BC, to the voyages of discovery c1500 AD, the author uses the latter half of this millennium as a well-studied test case to help the reader better understand what went before. The illustrations show how this picturesque part of Europe has many striking physical similarities. Old hard rocks confront the ocean creating promontories and capes familiar to sailors throughout the millennia.

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Barry Cunliffe, a professor of European archaeology at the University of Oxford, is the author of several books on the Romans and on Celtic and Iron Age Europe. He lives in Oxford, England.

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