Just a short note, this one.
We’ve been very careful to reference all statements and evidence in our information booklets about prehistory and archaeology. We’ve tried to make sure that most of the references are from easily accessible popular books on the subject, and will post some book reviews on this blog in the new year.
The system we’ve used is Harvard referencing, which means sentences are a bit broken up by references in parentheses. We’re aware that many people aren’t fond of this. It’s a personal decision (by Kim) to avoid finicky footnotes. We’ve tried to keep the references to the end of paragraphs where possible so they don’t distract too much.
You can see how old the references are we have used. Knowledge and interpretation of the prehistoric period changes as new sites are explored or projects to reassess an area or period are funded. We have tried to use the most up-to-date (or, at least, not out-of-date) references.
Mainly, the references allow you to be confident that we know what we’re talking about, and also to do any follow-up reading you might want to do as you prepare to teach Stone Age, Bronze Age and/or Iron Age Britain.