Magazine article Geographical

Hidden Histories

Magazine article Geographical

Hidden Histories

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HIDDEN HISTORIES by Mary-Ann Ochota; Frances Lincoln; 20 [pounds sterling] (hardback)

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There is so much history to the British landscape. What with its stone circles, hill forts, mines and umpteenth century cottages, the land is marked with centuries of use. This can make it hard to read, like a blackboard written on hundreds of times and never erased.

Luckily, anthropologist and Time Team regular, Mary-Ann Ochota is here to offer you a hand. Hidden Histories is an accessible travelogue through time from prehistoric Britain to recent history. With the accessible style of a handbook, it will help you become a Sherlock Holmes of the landscape, able to decipher clues and annoy your friends with factoids about British history.

Ochota's observations cover the specific, such as recognising the different types of ancient barrow, to the more general, such as the difference between the open, planned countryside of the midlands compared to the more enclosed, ancient countryside of lowland Wales and the South. …

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