Sicily Before History: An Archeological Survey from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age

Sicily Before History: An Archeological Survey from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age


By (author) Robert Leighton


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  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 23mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Ithaca
  • ISBN 10: 0801485851
  • ISBN 13: 9780801485855
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 150
  • Sales rank: 1,730,295

Product description

Students and travelers to Sicily will welcome this inviting introduction to the archaeology of the Mediterranean's largest island. In the first English-language book on prehistoric Sicily in over forty years, Robert Leighton explores the region's rich archaeological record. He charts the development of Sicily's early cultures from the Palaeolithic onward, concluding with an account of the indigenous society at the time of Greek and Phoenician settlement in the 8th century B.C.Each chapter in this generously illustrated volume highlights the principal developments of a major chronological period and then addresses social and economic themes. Among the topics discussed are settlement patterns and structures; local autonomy; external influences; cultural expression; and contacts with Italy, nearby satellite islands, and the Mycenaean world. Informed by recent fieldwork and scholarship, this book is a necessary guide to the current state of knowledge on prehistoric Sicily.

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Review quote

"Leighton's volume is clearly written, well informed, and fully abreast of the latest discoveries in Sicilian archaeology." Stephen L. Dyson, Classics Department, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. American Journal of Archaeology."