- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 322 pages
- Dimensions: 178mm x 252mm x 18mm | 581g
- Publication date: 6 April 2009
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521130158
- ISBN 13: 9780521130158
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: 130 b/w illus.
- Sales rank: 468,571
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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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.
By George Seel 06 Dec 2009
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 Ã¢??schoolsÃ¢?? 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 peopleÃ¢??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 donÃ¢??t always seem to be a great help to the reader, but generally this is an extremely interesting and well thought-out book.
'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
Table of contents
1. Archaeological theory and archaeological evidence; 2. The Chalcolithic Prelude - from social hierarchies and giant settlements to the emergence of mobile economies, ca. 4500-3500 BC; 3. The Caucasus - donor and recipient of materials, technologies, and peoples to and from the ancient Near East; 4. Taming the steppes - the development of miblie economies: from cattle herders with wagons to horseback riders tending mixed herds; the continued eastward expansion of large-scale metallurgical production and exchange; 5. Entering a sown world of irrigation agriculture - from the steppes to Central Asia and beyond: processes of movement, assimilation, and transformation into the 'civilized' world east of Sumer; 6. The circulation of peoples and materials - evolution, devolution, and recurrent social formations on the Eurasian steppes and in West Asia: patterns and processes of interconnection during later prehistory.