The Making of Bronze Age Eurasia
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The Making of Bronze Age Eurasia

By (author) Philip L. Kohl

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This book provides an overview of Bronze Age societies of Western Eurasia through an investigation of the archaeological record. The Making of Bronze Age Eurasia outlines the long-term processes and patterns of interaction that link these groups together in a shared historical trajectory of development. Interactions took the form of the exchange of raw materials and finished goods, the spread and sharing of technologies, and the movements of peoples from one region to another. Kohl reconstructs economic activities from subsistence practices to the production and exchange of metals and other materials. Kohl also argues forcefully that the main task of the archaeologist should be to write culture-history on a spatially and temporally grand scale in an effort to detect large, macrohistorical processes of interaction and shared development.

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  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 178 x 252 x 18mm | 580.6g
  • 06 Apr 2009
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • 130 b/w illus.
  • 0521130158
  • 9780521130158
  • 536,375

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Philip L. Kohl is Professor of Anthropology and Kathryn W. Davis Professor of Slavic Studies at Wellesley College. He is the author of The Bronze Age Civilization of Central Asia: Recent Soviet Discoveries, Recent Discoveries in Transcaucasia and co-editor of Nationalism, Politics, and the Practice of Archaeology.

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'The book consists of six harmoniously and logically structured chapters. ... interestingly written and well illustrated.' American Journal of Archaeology 'This book - now available in paperback - will serve as a sourcebook for archaeologists interested in the region for the foreseeable future. An impressive array of evidence has been fused into a synthetic whole that generates a huge number of questions and provides an excellent platform for future research.' Minerva

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Excellent introduction to unexplored (pre-)history

This is another excellent book in the Cambridge World Archaeology Series. The author not only gives a fascinating account of the civilisations of Central Asia from about 4500 BC to the dawn of the Iron Age, but also discusses interesting aspects of the debates in archaeology itself, such as how societies change and why different national â??schoolsâ?? of archaeology focus on different explanations for the evidence they find. For me, a non-expert, the highlight of the book was to realise that so much has been discovered about societies that do not feature in most peopleâ??s conception of ancient, or pre-history, particularly the cultures of Ukraine, the Caucasus and Turkmenistan. The illustrations are varied and each chapter ends with a short pen-portrait of a famous Russian or Central Asian archaeologist. The maps are a perhaps little repetitive and donâ??t always seem to be a great help to the reader, but generally this is an extremely interesting and well thought-out book.show more
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