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Aerial Atlas of Ancient Britain

David R. Abram, Alice Roberts


A spectacular collection of aerial photographs of Britain's most extraordinary prehistoric sites

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This breathtaking collection of aerial images reveals ancient monuments from all around the British Isles, as they have never been seen before: Neolithic enclosures, cairns and stone circles; Bronze Age villages, farmsteads, tombs and burial mounds; and Iron Age hillforts, all photographed in spectacular bird’s-eye-view detail.

Photographs taken directly above the sites, often at dawn, allow uniquely informative views, showing not only how ancient monuments fit into the surrounding landscape, but also how they define or respond to the area’s natural character. Stone cairns and circles evoke lost rituals and religious ceremonies; Iron Age ramparts hint at former strongholds; and tangible geographical clues reveal the scars of real or mythical battles. The oldest site in the collection was created nearly 6,000 years ago; the most recent originated shortly before the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43.

This is an inspiring way to discover the beauty and history of the British landscape, revealing the visible traces of our ancestors, from such famous monuments as Stonehenge to little-known gems that have never before been seen from the air.

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Country Life

'Utterly brilliant … it feels like Abram is generously sharing that ‘new mental map’ of his through his wonderful photos'
International Times

'Stunning photographs of Great Britain’s ancient sites, from Stonehenge to Cadbury Castle... The aerial images often reveal topographical secrets [and] might read like paintings... Abram shot many of the pictures during the pandemic, when Britain’s empty highways, pastures, and cliffsides were at their most majestic'
Air Mail

'Spectacular, beautiful and awesome images, familiar and lesser known, are captured from the air and given a new and magnificent perspective'
Mature Times

'Excellent … A superb resource that uncovers our rich prehistory and offers photographers a wealth of locations to discover and explore'
Outdoor Photography

BBC Countryfile

'A hugely significant contribution to our understanding of our ancestors. Far more than a coffee table book of spectacular photographs, it also acts as a first-class introduction to early British history'
The Moorlander

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 26.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 227

Publication date: 15 September 2022

ISBN: 9780500024164

Contents List

The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic
Neolithic Britain
The Copper and Bronze Ages
Iron Age Britain

About the Author

David Abram is a writer and photographer specializing in prehistoric landscapes and monuments. Born and raised in Wales, he now lives on the border of Somerset and Wiltshire in England, close to some of the world’s most important archaeological sites, which he has been researching for over forty years. Alice Roberts is an academic, author and broadcaster. She is Professor of Public Engagement with Science at the University of Birmingham, and has presented many television programmes including the BBC’s series Digging for Britain.