This colourful book, packed with vivid images, tells the story of 500,000 years of remarkable human history in south Essex. Much of the evidence that archaeologists have used to tell this tale has been recovered by investigations instigated during quarrying and building in the area over the last hundred years or so. The varied landscape and numerous creeks and estuaries of south Essex have proved attractive to human settlements for thousands of years. The Thames estuary itself provided a routeway to and from Europe and the wider world. 'Finest Prospect' traces the story of how the landscape of south Essex we know today, a patchwork of roads, quarries, railways, woods, towns, docks, marshes, villages and farms, was created. It covers everything from the geological processes which lay the foundations of the landscape to the Plotlands of the 20th Century and includes an amazing variety of evidence from submerged prehistoric forests to Southend Pier. If, at the beginning of the 21st century, as major changes are underway, you want to understand what made south Essex what it is, this is the place to start.