How to read this electronic monograph
One of the ambitions of my e-monograph is to explore the potentials of
hypermedia writing in an archaeological context (mostly
using the freeware AOLPress). My work
is written in HTML and takes the form of standard World Wide Web pages. The
recommended web-browser is Netscape Navigator 3.0 (or higher).
Here are a few notes and hints that may help you appreciating my work.
My pages are conceived with standard font settings in mind (e.g. Times
New Roman 12).
The underlining of links has been disabled.
I recommend that you adopt my colour choices for both
visited and unvisited
links, which try to avoid giving the impression that the links are particularly
important 'key words' in the text.
I believe in the integrity of each individual (web-)page. Each page works
as an independent entity, while offering a number of possible links to other
pages. The use of frames or buttons distracts from experiencing the true
power of making connections and are thus not used
in my work.
start at the start, then click on any link you want...
Get used to the different format by trying it out and becoming familiar with
the way this work can be read:
move back (or forward) using the appropriate buttons of your web-brower...
go back to previously visited pages, as they listed by your web-brower (in
Netscape: use the Go menue)...
use bookmarks for pages you may want to return to later...
another page in a new window; especially if you have a large screen,
this may stimulate your reading experience and also save time, as you can
read one page while the other one is loading...
Reading the work in its entirety
...is not an easy task, as there is no table of content. There was one in
a previous life of this work, when it was a Doctoral dissertation. It was
meant as a compromise, for the benefit of my examiners. One of them found
it rather too compromising, and so I am glad about being able to dispose
of it now. Given my argument about making sense by making
connections, I would not find it at all helpful to
maintain the illusion that either my work or my subject matter could, or
should, be grasped in its entirety. I am deeply suspicious of readers who
want to have the sense that they have seen 'everything' I wrote. So, you
will never know for sure when you have seen my entire work. In printed books
I own and have read many times I occasionally still find new thoughts and
even entirely new paragraphs. I hope that many such surprising discoveries
will be made by readers of this work too, especially since, in the future,
some pages will actually be rewritten or edited by myself. My argument is
never finished, the meanings of megaliths are never complete... I admire
the spirit of Richard Reece's book My Roman Britain which was written
in a form, although in paper, similar to my own ambitions:
"Sections have their own page numbers - there is no running page number.
This is so that I can rewrite sections as I feel like it, and substitute
them for the originals, without upsetting other sections. I shall probably
not signal such rewritings. This means that there is no guarantee that 'Pot
3' in one copy is the same as 'Pot 3' in another..." (Reece 1988: iii)
A living text
This work is never completed and finished. It will keep changing as long
as I am around (and motivated) to do it, and as long the technology will
let me... I will rewrite sections as I rethink them or as additional literature
comes my way and changes or adds to my views. I will also incorporate comments
and criticism from readers, initally in the feed-back
section. Older version might be available on the
Internet Archive, although you have
to keep in mind that the URLs to this work have been changing several times.
You may print out individual pages as you wish...
However, to print out the entire work is not only a very major task and will
cost you many hours, a lot of paper, and too many paper jams in your printer,
but it also destroys much of what this work is actually about. I therefore
discourage you strongly from any such attempt.
This work is copyright protected in all the usual ways and in that respect
no different from any other form of publication. All HTML design, text and
image is © 2000-
with the exception of literal quotations or images attributed in writing
or by electronic links to their original sources (some electronic sources
may have expired in the meantime).
Reece, Richard (1988) My Roman Britain. Cotswold Studies, vol. 3.
Holtorf, last updated on 19 October 2004