European Prehistory: A Survey

European Prehistory: A Survey

Hardback Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology

Edited by Sarunas Milisauskas

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  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
  • Format: Hardback | 508 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 28mm | 1,146g
  • Publication date: 4 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1441966323
  • ISBN 13: 9781441966322
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed. 2011
  • Illustrations note: 30 black & white tables, biography

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European Prehistory: A Survey traces humans from their earliest appearance on the continent to the Rise of the Roman Empire, drawing on archaeological research from all over Europe. It includes the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages. Throughout these periods, the major developments are explored using a wide range of archaeological data that emphasizes aspects of agricultural practices, gender, mortuary practices, population genetics, ritual, settlement patterns, technology, trade, and warfare. Using new methods and theories, recent discoveries and arguments are presented and previous discoveries reevaluated. This work includes chapters on European geography and the chronology of European prehistory. A new chapter has been added on the historical development of European archaeology. The remaining chapters have been contributed by archaeologists specializing in different periods. The second edition of European Prehistory: A Survey is enhanced by a glossary, three indices and a comprehensive bibliography, as well as an extensive collection of maps, chronological tables and photographs.

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Sarunas Milisauskas is a professor in the Anthropology Department of the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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European Prehistory: A Survey traces humans from their earliest appearance on the continent to the Rise of the Roman Empire, drawing on archaeological research from all over Europe. It includes the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages. Throughout these periods, the major developments are explored using a wide range of archaeological data that emphasizes aspects of agricultural practices, gender, mortuary practices, population genetics, ritual, settlement patterns, technology, trade, and warfare.Using new methods and theories, recent discoveries and arguments are presented and previous discoveries reevaluated. This work includes chapters on European geography and the chronology of European prehistory. A new chapter has been added on the historical development of European archaeology. The remaining chapters have been contributed by archaeologists specializing in different periods. Thesecond edition of European Prehistory: A Survey is enhanced by a glossary, three indices and a comprehensive bibliography, as well as an extensive collection of maps, chronological tables and photographs. "

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Sarunas Milisauskas Chapter 2 Observations on European Archaeology Sarunas Milisauskas Chapter 3 The Present Environment, A Geographic Summary Sarunas Milisauskas Chapter 4 The Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Michael A. Jochim Chapter 5 The Upper Palaeolithic Michael A. Jochim Chapter 6 The Mesolithic, Michael A. Jochim Chapter 7 Early Neolithic, The First Farmers in Europe, 7000-5500/5000 BC Sarunas Miliauskas. Chapter 8 Middle Neolithic- Early Copper Age, Continuity, Diversity, Innovations, and Greater Complexity, 5500/5000-3500 BC. Sarunas Milisauskas and Janusz Kruk Chapter 9 Late Neolithic-Late Copper Age, Crises, Collapse, New Ideologies, and Economies,3500-2200/2000 BC Sarunas Milisauskas and Janusz Kruk Chapter 10 The Bronze Age Anthony F. Harding Chapter 11 The Iron Age Peter S. Wells Chapter 12 Conclusion Sarunas Milisauskas