Frances Lynch and Peter Davey (eds)
Review Fraser Brown
The Isle of Man lies at the centre of the Irish Sea and is characterised by its own insular traditions, while also being subject to influences from all those regions surrounding the sea – as well as beyond. This is evident in the megalithic monumental tradition described within this volume, which presents the evidence from Man and places it in its wider context. This definitive account will appeal to scholars of British prehistory, as well as those interested in Manx studies. Although the initial research took place several decades ago, the editors have conscientiously reviewed and updated it. By focusing on the Manx monuments, it has been possible to explore them in detail in a comprehensive collation of current knowledge.
The book includes antiquarian plans and sketches, excavation data, and artefactual information. It is sumptuously and helpfully illustrated and has been edited into an accessible format – each monument being described within a specific section. Its manageable size and weight mean the book could be used as a field reference guide by experts, students, and amateurs alike.
This review appeared in CA 341.