The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age

The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age

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The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age is a wide-ranging survey of a crucial period in prehistory during which many social, economic, and technological changes took place. Written by expert specialists in the field, the book provides coverage both of the themes that characterize the period, and of the specific developments that took place in the various countries of Europe. After an introduction and a discussion of chronology, successive chapters deal with settlement studies, burial analysis, hoards and hoarding, monumentality, rock art, cosmology, gender, and trade, as well as a series of articles on specific technologies and crafts (such as transport, metals, glass, salt, textiles, and weighing). The second half of the book covers each country in turn. From Ireland to Russia, Scandinavia to Sicily, every area is considered, and up to date information on important recent finds is discussed in detail. The book is the first to consider the whole of the European Bronze Age in both geographical and thematic terms, and will be the standard book on the subject for the foreseeable future.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 1016 pages
  • 176 x 252 x 62mm | 2,199.97g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 232 in-text illustrations, maps, and tables
  • 0199572860
  • 9780199572861
  • 1,018,664

About Anthony Harding

Harry Fokkens is Chair of European Prehistory at Leiden University. Anthony Harding is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Exeter.

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Table of contents

PREFACE ; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ; LIST OF TABLES ; 1. Introduction ; PART I: THEMES IN BRONZE AGE ARCHAEOLOGY ; 2. Old Father Time: the Bronze Age chronology of Western Europe ; 3. Europe 2500 to 2200 BC: Between expiring ideologies and emerging complexity ; 4. A little bit of history repeating itself: a brief review of theories on the Bell Beaker phenomenon ; 5. Bronze Age settlements ; 6. Burials ; 7. Hoards and the deposition of metalwork ; 8. Monuments and monumentality in Bronze Age Europe ; 9. Stonehenge ; 10. The contribution of skeletal isotope analysis to understanding the Bronze Age in Europe ; 11. The myth of the chief: prestige goods, power and personhood in the European Bronze Age ; 12. Identity, gender and dress in the European Bronze Age ; 13. Warfare in the European Bronze Age ; 14. Rethinking Bronze Age cosmology a North European perspective ; 15. Bronze Age rock art in Northern Europe contexts and interpretations ; 16. Rock carvings and Alpine statue-menhirs, from the Chalcolithic to the Middle Bronze Age: reflections on social process ; 17. Bronze Age fields and land division ; 18. Animals in Bronze Age Europe ; 19. Plant cultivation in the Bronze Age ; 20. Trade and exchange ; 21. Seafaring and riverine navigation in the Bronze Age of Europe ; 22. Land transport in the Bronze Age ; 23. Copper and bronze: Bronze Age metalworking in context ; 24. Bronze Age copper mining in Europe ; 25. Gold and gold working of the Bronze Age ; 26. Craft production: ceramics, textiles and bone ; 27. Glass and faience ; 28. Salt production in the Bronze Age ; 29. Weighing, commodification and money ; PART II: THE BRONZE AGE BY REGION ; 30. Britain and Ireland in the Bronze Age: farmers in the landscape, or heroes on the high seasa ; 31. The Bronze Age in the Low Countries ; 32. The Bronze Age in France ; 33. Bronze Age Iberia ; 34. The Bronze Age in the Balearic Islands ; 35. Peninsular Italy ; 36. The Bronze Age in Sicily ; 37. The Bronze Age in Sardinia ; 38. Northern Italy ; 39. Switzerland and the Central Alps ; 40. Germany in the Bronze Age ; 41. Scandinavia ; 42. The Bronze Age in the Polish Lands ; 43. The Czech Lands and Austria in the Bronze Age ; 44. Slovakia and Hungary ; 45. The Western Balkans in the Bronze Age ; 46. Castellieri-Gradine of the Northern Adriatic ; 47. Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria ; 48. Ukraine and Russia in the Bronze Age

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This handbook provides a multitude of voices on, and entry points into, a complex historical epoch we are perhaps only just beginning to understand. It is now the starting point for anyone interested in knowing more about the European Bronze Age. Kristian Kristiansen, Antiquity an invaluable reference for students and professionals alike, but is also accesible enough for an interested reader to enjoy. Polly Heffer, Current World Archaeology

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