“Our prehistory now has its poet laureate.”
– Barry Cunliffe, Oxford University
Bone Antler Stone is now available worldwide.
Download readings from the book below, or read an essay about the book.
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Bone Antler Stone
Passing through more than thirty thousand years of history, the changing spiritual and material lives of the earliest Europeans are vividly imagined through their artwork, burials, architecture, and their interaction with the landscape, the seasons, and one another.
Advance praise for the book:
“Our prehistory now has its poet laureate. Tim Miller makes old stones and artefacts sing with new life.” – Barry Cunliffe, Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford, and author of Britain Begins
“Tim Miller’s poetry captures not just meaningful responses to encounters with the rich archaeological record of prehistoric Europe but also a deep understanding of the complex character of each find. His poetic insight brings each site to life and illuminates the dark and misty past in a way that archaeological reports cannot do on their own. From Stone Age landscapes and burials to Iron Age bog bodies, Bone Antler Stone evokes not only the mystery but also the humanity of the ancient world.” – Peter Bogucki, Princeton University, and editor of Ancient Europe, 8000 BC – AD 1000: Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World
“Tim Miller’s collection kindles a fire that we have forgotten; a fire that flickers on cave walls and builds a bridge between humankind and the pulse of the wild world beating beneath it. The poems are full to the brim with life, reimagining and rebirthing the lost years our own prehistory, dug from the earth like lost truths. An endlessly fascinating and beautifully written collection.” – Wendy Pratt, author of Gifts the Mole Gave Me
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“Newgrange”: on the great Irish monument, older than Stonehenge & the pyramids
The Sun Sets into the Sea: on the ancient belief in many cultures that the sun did just that
Song to the Smith: on the reverence & fear many experts in the new techniques of working metal faced:
Cauldron & Drink: based on the huge decorated cauldrons of ancient Europe, such as the Gundestrup Cauldron:
A Song to Stone & Song of Trees: among the many poems on the various uses stone & wood were consciously put, including spiritual:
Navan Fort: another ancient Irish site:
Brough of Birsay: on the tidal island off of mainland Orkney, where Pictish, Christian monastic, and Viking settlements were founded. A video reading is below:
Bone Antler Stone: based on a trip to the wonderful Orkney Museum. A video reading is also below:
St. Magnus Cathedral: based on the astounding cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney, founded in 1137. A video reading is also below:
Chauvet, Lascaux, Altamira: based on the great prehistoric painted caves of France & Spain: