This distinctive historical and archaeological guidebook to France introduces the reader and traveller to the palpable remains of past cultures that shaped the development of the modern country. A chronological description of the important epochs, from the first appearance of humans in France down to medieval times, is followed by a portrayal of archaeological monuments and details of their exact location. These include prehistoric cave paintings, villages, necropoli, megaliths, Celtic forts and historic Roman and Gallo-Roman remains (including towns, temples, villas, bridges, roads, and aqueducts), early Christian churches, chapels and murals, as well as medieval structures, fortifications, and cemeteries. This book can be used as a field manual to readily find and explore France's ancient heritage or as a reference for those who cannot visit the sites but are interested in the legacy of the past.
James M. Anderson is professor emeritus at the University of Calgary. As a guide and resource person, Anderson has designed and accompanied numerous adult-education tours to European countries. He authored Spain: 1001 Sights and co-authoredPortugal: 1001 Sights with M. Sheridan Lea, both for the University of Calgary Press.
M. Sheridan Lea has a B.A. in French and an M.A. in historical linguistics. She lived and worked in France for many years and brings a profound knowledge and love of the country to the pages of this book. She co-authoredPortugal: 1001 Sights with James M. Anderson.
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