Aerial Atlas of Ancient Britain


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


ISBN: 9780500024164 Category:

David R. Abram


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

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.

Additional information

Weight 1694 g
Dimensions 25.2 x 25.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 15 September 2022
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Alice Roberts
Dimensions 25.2 x 25.6 cm
Weight 1694 g


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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.