The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century A.D.

The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century A.D.


By (author) John Bintliff

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 246mm x 28mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 29 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1405154195
  • ISBN 13: 9781405154192
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps, figures, colour plates
  • Sales rank: 358,749

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The Complete Archaeology of Greece covers the incrediblerichness and variety of Greek culture and its central role in ourunderstanding of European civilization, from the Palaeolithic eraof 400,000 years ago to the early modern period. In a singlevolume, the field's traditional focus on art and architecture hasbeen combined with a rigorous overview of the latest archaeologicalevidence forming a truly comprehensive work on Greek civilization. Extensive noteson the text are freely available online at WileyOnline Library, and include additional details andreferences for both the serious researcher and amateur A unique single-volume exploration of the extraordinarydevelopment of human society in Greece from the earliest humantraces up till the early 20th century AD Provides 22 chapters and an introduction chronologicallysurveying the phases of Greek culture, with over 200illustrations Features over 200 images of art, architecture, and ancienttexts, and integrates new archaeological discoveries for a moredetailed picture of the Greece past, its landscape, and itspeople Explains how scientific advances in archaeology have provided abroader perspective on Greek prehistory and history Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding AcademicTitle

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Author information

John Bintliff studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge where he received his PhD in the landscape archaeology of prehistoric Greece. He has taught at Bradford and Durham Universities and is currently at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and has been co-director of the Boeotia Project in Central Greece since 1978. His interests include the long-term archaeology of Greece and the Mediterranean, landscape archaeology and regional field survey, and archaeological theory. He has published 18 books, including Mycenaean Geography (1977), Palaeoclimates, Palaeoenvironments (1982), European Social Evolution (1984), The Annales School and Archaeology (1991), Europe Between Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (1995), Structure and Contingency (1999), The Future of Archaeological Field Survey in Europe (2000), A Companion to Archaeology (2004), Testing the Hinterland (2007), Medieval and Post-Medieval Greece (2009).

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Long-listed for the 2012 John D. Criticos Prize However, in general, this book is a marvel. (European Journal of Archaeology, 1 January 2014) In sum, it is clear that with the extensive range ofevidence carefully collected and well-analyzed in this volume, itwill, as its author hopes, contribute to a wider awarenessof the rich history of this beautiful country in every century ofits remarkable past. (Bryn Mawr ClassicalReview, 1 November 2013) For others, however, The complete archaeology of Greeceisa valuable source of information, drawing a broad canvas, and, mostsignificantly, exposing important questions concerning each period. . Bintliff s book is a generous reciprocation of GreekPhiloxenia, a distillation of his long experience of Greekarchaeology in the field, this theoretical positions andmethodological tools, reaching out further than to the people ofGreece alone." (Antiquity, 1 January 2013) Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012 Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. (Choice, 1 November 2012) Bintliff s newest contribution provides anambitious panorama of Greek archaeology ... Bintliff s bookdoes more than any other major survey of Greek history orarchaeology to bring the rural economy into the larger narrative oflater Greek history. (The New Archaeology of theMediterranean World, 1 September 2012) By doing that he has delivered a brilliant survey ofGreek archaeology and a remarkably succinct and comprehensivevolume a must read for anyone interested in the archaeologyof Greece. (The Anglo-Hellenic Review, 1October 2012) It doesn t get much more comprehensive thanthis. (, 2 May 2012)

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"The Complete Archaeology of Greece" provides, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of the story of Greece from the first hunter-gatherers up to the Modern era. In 22 chapters and an introduction, John Bintliff surveys all phases of Greek culture, including the traditional foci of the Classical Greek and the Bronze Ages, but also detailing its beginnings in the Greek Palaeolithic (ca. 400,000 B.P.) up to the early modern period (1950 A.D.). Each chronological period is fully explained with the latest discoveries and theories, and richly illustrated. The author focuses on developments during each succeeding period of growth and change in Greek society, the evolution of their material culture, settlement patterns in the rural as well as urban landscapes, and the significance of their symbolic or representational culture--the ways in which architecture, art, and even everyday objects can reveal the social order and lifeways of the ancient Greeks. John Bintliff features well-known works of Greek art, architecture, and ancient texts, but also integrates the newest archaeological discoveries, surveys and excavations for a more comprehensive picture of the Greek past.

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables ix List of Color Plates xxii Acknowledgments xxv Introduction 1 Part I The Landscape and Aegean Prehistory 9 1 The Dynamic Land 11 2 Hunter-Gatherers: The Palaeolithic and Epipalaeolithic inGreece 28 3 Early Farming Communities: Neolithic Greece 46 4 Complex Cultures of the Early Bronze Age 83 5 The Middle to Early Late Bronze Age on Crete: The MinoanCivilization 123 6 The Middle to Early Late Bronze Age on the Cyclades and theMainland 155 7 The Mature Late Bronze Age on the Mainland and in the WiderAegean: The Mycenaean Civilization 181 Part II The Archaeology of Classical, Hellenistic, and RomanGreece in its Longer-term Context 207 8 The Greek Early Iron Age and the Concept of a "Dark Age"209 9 The Archaeology of the Archaic Era: Demography, SettlementPatterns, and Everyday Life 234 10 The Built Environment, Symbolic Material Culture, and Societyin Archaic Greece 252 11 The Archaeology of Classical Greece: Demography, SettlementPatterns, and Everyday Life 265 12 Symbolic Material Culture, the Built Environment, and Societyin Classical Greece 285 13 The Archaeology of Greece in Hellenistic to Early RomanImperial Times: Demography, Settlement Patterns, and Everyday Life310 14 Symbolic Material Culture, the Built Environment, and Societyin Hellenistic and Early Roman Greece 337 15 The Archaeology of Greece from Middle Roman Imperial Times toLate Antiquity: Demography, Settlement Patterns, and Everyday Life351 16 Symbolic Material Culture, the Built Environment, and Societyin Middle to Late Roman Greece 369 Part III The Archaeology of Medieval and post-Medieval Greecein its Historical Context 379 17 The Archaeology of Byzantine Greece: Demography, SettlementPatterns, and Everyday Life 381 18 Symbolic Material Culture, the Built Environment, and Societyin the Byzantine Aegean 402 19 The Archaeology of Frankish-Crusader Society in Greece416 20 The Archaeology of Ottoman and Venetian Greece: Population,Settlement Dynamics, and Socio-economic Developments 436 21 Material Culture, the Built Environment, and Society inOttoman and Venetian Greece 459 22 The Archaeology of Early Modern Greece 478 Index 498