Ancient Stones

Ancient Stones : The Prehistoric Dolmens of Sicily

By (author) Salvatore Piccolo , By (author) Timothy Darvill , Translated by Jean Woodhouse


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A richly illustrated guide to the dolmen culture of Prehistoric Sicily. Scattered around the world in woods and on mountains dolmens have posed a mystery for hundreds of years. The interpretations of these mysteries have been extremely imaginative over the centuries. But in Sicily it has only been in recent years that the presence of numerous megaliths has been revealed. This manual provides a comprehensive guide to the dolmens of Sicily and the artefacts as well as historical and cultural associations of these prehistoric sites. With 26 black and white illustrations

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 186 x 230 x 8mm | 120g
  • 30 Mar 2013
  • Brazen Head Publishing
  • Abingdon
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0956510620
  • 9780956510624
  • 432,651

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For a stroll on the Sicilian Prehistory

Whoever decides to read this work on prehistoric dolmens in south-east Sicily probably has some notions regarding prehistory, especially the Bronze Age, though may not know the characteristics of the author�??�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢s specific investigations in detail. In fact the research deals with monuments that are little known in Sicily but better accredited to other areas of Europe and the Mediterranean. Salvatore Piccolo set himself to explain the dolmen phenomena in Europe in the prehistoric Megalithic context, reaching a finely detailed description of the ancient stones to be found in the south-east of the island of Sicily. It presents a lot of new material, much of it the work of the author himself. Piccolo presents an updated map of their distribution in Sicily: a little number are found in western island, but the major concentrations are in eastern, and the author argues that there was at least many migration of northern people into Sicily. This volume highlights one thing, a greater understanding on the human travel in the course of the centuries. The attractively produced book is a very welcome addition to the literature on bronze Age in Sicily. The greatest among its many strengths is the author's demonstration how some monuments, not considered till all of time, can be investigated through close examination of specific archaeological evidence and how such an investigation can help us understand what life was like for people who lived in the past. The human remains and ceramic fragments, found by the author in one of these sites, are the most significant features: they show tombal characteristics of these small monuments and their dating to the end of the 3rd and the first half of the 2nd millennium B.C. We need more like this! Anthony B. (Archaeologist)show more
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