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    DescriptionThis book, a guide and companion to the prehistoric archaeology of Greece, is designed for students, travelers, and all general readers interested in archaeology. Greece has perhaps the longest and richest archaeological record in Europe, and this book reviews what is known of Greece from the earliest inhabitants in the Stone Age to the end of the Bronze Age and the collapse of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. The book describes the prehistoric cultures of Greece in chronological order, and illustrates with 98 detailed drawings each culture's typical artifacts, architecture, burial customs, and art. Written in an informal and accessible style free of scientific jargon, the book can be used in the classroom or as a guide for the traveler, or read simply for pleasure by anyone with a curiosity about the earliest ages of this fascinating region. Although intended for a wide audience, the book has a solid scientific foundation. The authors are professional archaeologists with more than 25 years of experience in the field and with a first-hand knowledge of the methods and results of contemporary research. There is no other book today that covers the same range of periods and subjects, making it essential reading for anyone interested in the early civilizations that shaped the Greek landscape, laid the foundations for Classical Greek civilization, and contributed in many ways to the formation of the modern Greek world. The authors have been careful to address the many questions concerning prehistoric Greece that have been asked them by students and visitors to Greece through the years. The illustrations were created especially for this book, showing familiar artifacts and sites from a new perspective, and selecting others for illustration that rarely, if ever, appear in popular publications.


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    Title
    Greece Before History
    Subtitle
    An Archaeological Companion and Guide
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Curtis N. Runnels, By (author) Priscilla M. Murray
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 202 mm
    Height: 250 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804740500
    ISBN 10: 080474050X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    DC21: 938
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25530
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK, HDDA
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    DC22: 937.6
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREHIS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A17604025
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAG, 3B
    LC classification: GN815 .R85 2001
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: GN815.R85
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: NKD
    Edition
    Annotated
    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Illustrations note
    b/w figs
    Publisher
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    01 August 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Author Information
    Curtis Runnels is Professor of Archaeology at Boston University. Among his recent books is "Artifact and Assemblage: The Finds from a Regional Survey of the Southern Argolid, Greece" (co-editor), (Stanford, 1995). Priscilla M. Murray is Programs Admi
    Review quote
    "Until now, there has been no guidebook in English that covers the entire sweep of the Stone Age, Minoan, and Mycenaean cultures of Greece. The authors have made significant contributions both to our understanding of the earliest period of occupation of the Greek peninsula and to our understanding of the relationship between humans and their landscape through time. The book is engaging throughout and eminently readable." - Karl M. Petruso, University of Texas, Arlington "Highly informative, pleasantly written and attractively designed and illustrated, Greece Before History provides helpful background for the discerning traveller, including a very good annotated bibliography." - Antiquity
    Back cover copy
    "Until now, there has been no guidebook in English that covers the entire sweep of the Stone Age, Minoan, and Mycenaean cultures of Greece. The authors have made significant contributions both to our understanding of the earliest period of occupation of the Greek peninsula and to our understanding of the relationship between humans and their landscape through time. The book is engaging throughout and eminently readable."--Karl M. Petruso, University of Texas, Arlington "Highly informative, pleasantly written and attractively designed and illustrated, Greece Before History provides helpful background for the discerning traveller, including a very good annotated bibliography."--Antiquity
    Flap copy
    This book, a guide and companion to the prehistoric archaeology of Greece, is designed for students, travelers, and all general readers interested in archaeology. Greece has perhaps the longest and richest archaeological record in Europe, and this book reviews what is known of Greece from the earliest inhabitants in the Stone Age to the end of the Bronze Age and the collapse of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. The book describes the prehistoric cultures of Greece in chronological order, and illustrates with 98 detailed drawings each culture's typical artifacts, architecture, burial customs, and art. Written in an informal and accessible style free of scientific jargon, the book can be used in the classroom or as a guide for the traveler, or read simply for pleasure by anyone with a curiosity about the earliest ages of this fascinating region. Although intended for a wide audience, the book has a solid scientific foundation. The authors are professional archaeologists with more than 25 years of experience in the field and with a first-hand knowledge of the methods and results of contemporary research. There is no other book today that covers the same range of periods and subjects, making it essential reading for anyone interested in the early civilizations that shaped the Greek landscape, laid the foundations for Classical Greek civilization, and contributed in many ways to the formation of the modern Greek world. The authors have been careful to address the many questions concerning prehistoric Greece that have been asked them by students and visitors to Greece through the years. The illustrations were created especially for this book, showing familiar artifacts and sites from a new perspective, and selecting others for illustration that rarely, if ever, appear in popular publications.
    Table of contents
    List of illustrations; Preface and Acknowlesgments; Chronoligical table; 1. An introduction to the prehistory of Greece; 2. The old stone age: how it all began; 3. The new stone age: the earliest Greek civilization; 4. The bronze age: 'savage virtues and barbarous grandeur'; 5. The end of the bronze age world; 6. Santorini and the legend of atlantis; 7. A tour of the principal monuments of prehistoric Greece; 8. Last reflections; Appendixes; Bibliographic essay; Index.