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The Fens


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A personal, historical journey across one of the most mysterious regions of England, exploring its archaeology, history and landscapes.

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Francis Pryor is one of Britain's most distinguished living archaeologists, and the excavator of Flag Fen. He is the author of Home, Britain BC, Britain AD, Seahenge and The Making Of The British Landscape.


'Francis Pryor traces the area's history and his own relationship with it, which stretches back more than 40 years' Radio Times.
'A fascinating account of a complex landscape by archaeologist Francis Pryor who has dug and worked its soil for almost 40 years. Weaving together strands of archaeology, history and personal experience, he paints an intimate portrait of the East of England's marshy and mysterious Fens' East Anglian Daily Times.
'[Francis Pryor's] enthusiasm is infectious, whether he's glimpsing Ely cathedral from a train, coming across John Clare's grave or counting the bricks of Tattershall Castle' Spectator.
'An elegant account of a region that, as [Francis Pryor] puts it, "has inhabited my soul"' History Revealed.
'Pryor always writes well and entertainingly, and in The Fens he has created what should become one of his most lasting works, a personal, archaeological celebration of a region where he has family roots and where he conducted a lifetime's fieldwork' British Archaeology.
'A heartfelt love story to the fens: a testament to their deep past as well as a concern for their ecological future' BBC Countryfile.
'Literally hands-on history - a deeply felt discovery of half a million underestimated acres from Lincolnshire to Suffolk ... The Fens retains much of its brooding, enigmatic character and those who wish to understand its unique importance can now call on an articulate and avuncular guide' Country Life.
'[Francis Pryor] interweaves his own personal experiences, the graft and grime of the dig and lyrical evocations of place, offering a unique portrait of a sometimes neglected but remarkable area of England' Countryside.
'A wonderful journey into the history and archaeology of an East Anglian landscape' Eastern Daily Press Norfolk.
'An immersive journey through the landscape, saturated with local history and personal insight ... It will inspire you to explore the locations on foot' Country Walking.
'Part history, part memoir, it brings the riches of the Fens to the surface and shines a light on this much misunderstood corner of the country' Waterways World.

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