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Ancient Scandinavia: An Archaeological History From the by T. Douglas Price

By T. Douglas Price

Even though occupied merely particularly in short within the lengthy span of worldwide prehistory, Scandinavia is a unprecedented laboratory for investigating prior human societies. the realm was once basically unoccupied till the top of the final Ice Age while the melting of massive ice sheets left at the back of a clean, barren land floor, which used to be ultimately coated by way of wildlife. the 1st people didn't arrive until eventually someday after 13,500 BCE. The prehistoric continues to be of human task in Scandinavia - a lot of it remarkably preserved in its bathrooms, lakes, and fjords - have given archaeologists a richly special portrait of the evolution of human society. during this booklet, Doug cost presents an archaeological background of Scandinavia-a land mass comprising the fashionable nations of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway-from the arriving of the 1st people after the final Ice Age to the top of the Viking interval, ca. advert 1050. developed equally to the author's prior e-book, Europe ahead of Rome, historic Scandinavia offers overviews of every prehistoric epoch via distinctive, illustrative examples from the archaeological checklist. An engrossing and complete photograph emerges of switch around the millennia, as human society evolves from small bands of hunter - gatherers to massive farming groups to the complicated warrior cultures of the Bronze and Iron a long time, which culminated within the amazing upward push of the Vikings. the cloth facts of those prior societies - arrowheads from reindeer hunts, megalithic tombs, rock paintings, fantastically wrought weaponry, Viking warships - supply bright testimony to the traditional people who as soon as known as domestic this usually unforgiving fringe of the inhabitable global.

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The rebels also captured nearly all the enemy’s horses, with their commander taking Ball’s abandoned, spirited steed, renaming it after its former owner, who soon left active service. Although their commander was intent on dispersing the 50 Loyalists at Black River Church, many of Marion’s men were anxious to check on their families; Marion asked that they return to him as soon as possible. Leaving the wounded at the “Red House,” Marion set off for Britton’s Ferry, riding for another 26 miles before halting.

While most tried to demonize an irregular enemy, the local population generally had a more nuanced view, and often sympathy, which also needed to be accommodated. With much of the anti-British sentiment in the Carolina backcountry stemming from an animosity to the religious authority wielded by the Anglican Church, Presbyterians and other religious “dissenters” were viewed with disapproval, aversion, and discrimination. As Marion’s area of operations contained a majority of these immigrant descendants, harnessing revolutionary fervor was seldom an issue, and those initially standing neutral were often pushed toward the rebel camp as a result of the overly aggressive, and sometimes justifiable, actions of some British commanders, although the use of terror to intimidate the population was seldom beneficial to either side’s long-term military or political goals.

Unlike Sumter, Marion fretted over details regarding assault preparation, reconnaissance, and coordination as he formulated a plan for his untested command. Quietly crossing to the Santee’s right bank that night, he ordered Hugh Horry to take a 16-man detachment from the Cheraws District Regiment to the ford across the swampy Horse Creek tributary to block any enemy withdrawal toward Camden. Marion led the remainder behind the “Blue House,” where the oaks, cedars, and dense foliage running along a fence provided concealment.

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