Dr Francis Pryor will Discuss and Sign his Book, The Fens
Distinguished Archaeologists and Broadcaster, Dr Francis Pryor will Discuss and Sign his Book, The Fens, Discovering England’s Ancient Depths
- Tue Oct 15, 2019 - 19:30
- David's Bookshop
Francis Pryor has lived in, excavated, farmed, walked – and loved – the Fen Country for more than forty years: its levels and drains, its soaring churches, its magnificent medieval buildings. The Fens is personal story of the authors’ discovery, as both an archeologist and farmer, of this distinctive, complex, enduring, man-made and little understood landscape.
In The Fens, Francis Pryor counterpoints the history of the Fen landscape and its transformation – the great drainage projects that created the Old and New Bedford Rivers, the Ouse Washes and Bedford Levels, the rise of prosperous towns and cities, such as King's Lynn, Cambridge, Wisbech, Boston and Spalding – with the story of his own discovery of it as an archaeologist. As well as exploring the history of this rich landscape, Pryor looks to the future of the Fens. Combing beautiful prose with nature writing, history and memoir, he investigates how rising seas might affect this flat expanse, whose land often falls below sea-level.
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, The Making of the British Landscape and Stonehenge. As well as an archaeologist and author, he is a broadcaster and has regularly appeared on Channel 4’s Time Team. He is a keen farmer, and lives on a smallholding in the Fenland with his wife.