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The Prehistory Of Britain And Ireland

Author : Richard Bradley
ISBN : 9781139462013
Genre : Social Science
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Sited at the furthest limits of the Neolithic revolution and standing at the confluence of the two great sea routes of prehistory, Britain and Ireland are distinct from continental Europe for much of the prehistoric sequence. In this landmark 2007 study - the first significant survey of the archaeology of Britain and Ireland for twenty years - Richard Bradley offers an interpretation of the unique archaeological record of these islands based on a wealth of current and largely unpublished data. Bradley surveys the entire archaeological sequence over a 4,000 year period, from the adoption of agriculture in the Neolithic period to the discovery of Britain and Ireland by travellers from the Mediterranean during the later pre-Roman Iron Age. Significantly, this is the first modern account to treat Britain and Ireland on equal terms, offering a detailed interpretation of the prehistory of both islands.

European Archaeology As Anthropology

Author : Pam J. Crabtree
ISBN : 9781934536902
Genre : Social Science
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Since the days of V. Gordon Childe, the study of the emergence of complex societies has been a central question in anthropological archaeology. However, archaeologists working in the Americanist tradition have drawn most of their models for the emergence of social complexity from research in the Middle East and Latin America. Bernard Wailes was a strong advocate for the importance of later prehistoric and early medieval Europe as an alternative model of sociopolitical evolution and trained generations of American archaeologists now active in European research from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages. Two centuries of excavation and research in Europe have produced one of the richest bodies of archaeological data anywhere in the world. The abundant data show that technological innovations such as metallurgy appeared very early, but urbanism and state formation are comparatively late developments. Key transformative process such as the spread of agriculture did not happen uniformly but rather at different rates in different regions. The essays in this volume celebrate the legacy of Bernard Wailes by highlighting the contribution of the European archaeological record to our understanding of the emergence of social complexity. They provide case studies in how ancient Europe can inform anthropological archaeology. Not only do they illuminate key research topics, they also invite archaeologists working in other parts of the world to consider comparisons to ancient Europe as they construct models for cultural development for their regions. Although there is a substantial corpus of literature on European prehistoric and medieval archaeology, we do not know of a comparable volume that explicitly focuses on the contribution that the study of ancient Europe can make to anthropological archaeology.

Religionswissenschaft

Author : Michael Stausberg
ISBN : 9783110258936
Genre : Religion
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Dieses Studienbuch bietet eine vielstimmige Einführung in religionswissenschaftliches Arbeiten an deutschsprachigen Universitäten. Die 29 Kapitel geben forschungsnahe Einblicke in aktuelle Fragestellungen des Faches: Was ist Religion? Ist Religion eine europäische Erfindung? Was wissen wir über Religion in der Vorgeschichte? Wie schreibt man Religionsgeschichte unter den Vorzeichen von Kolonialismus und Globalisierung? Ist Religion Sache von Individuen? Verändert Religionswissenschaft ihren Gegenstand? Wie spricht die Religionswissenschaft über Engel und Götter? Ist Religionswissenschaft normativ? Engagieren sich Religionswissenschaftler im Dialog der Religionen? Sind Religion und Religionswissenschaft Männersache? Ist das Christentum Gegenstand der Religionswissenschaft? Sind Personenkulte Religion? Wo begegnet Religion in den Medien und im Alltag? Welche Rolle spielt die Religionswissenschaft für den Religionsunterricht? Wie ändert sich das Verhältnis von Religion und Medizin? Wie werden Religionen sinnlich fass- und wahrnehmbar (Klang, Materialität, Raum und Visualität)? Warum gibt es Konflikte um religiöse Bauwerke? Abgerundet wird der Band durch eine Einleitung und einen Anhang, der Leser/innen helfen soll, Gedankengänge der Beiträge zu rekonstruieren, Hintergrundwissen zu erarbeiten und Verbindungen zwischen den Kapiteln herzustellen.

Transformation By Fire

Author : Gabriel Cooney
ISBN : 9780816531141
Genre : Social Science
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Transformation by Fire offers a current assessment of the archaeological research on the widespread social practice of cremation. Editors Ian Kuijt, Colin P. Quinn, and Gabriel Cooney chart a path for the development of interpretive archaeology surrounding this complex social process.

Preserved In The Peat

Author : Andy M. Jones
ISBN : 9781785702631
Genre : History
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Excavation of a Scheduled burial mound on Whitehorse Hill, Dartmoor revealed an unexpected, intact burial deposit of Early Bronze Age date associated with an unparalleled range of artefacts. The cremated remains of a young person had been placed within a bearskin pelt and provided with a basketry container, from which a braided band with tin studs had spilled out. Within the container were beads of shale, amber, clay and tin; two pairs of turned wooden studs and a worked flint flake. A unique item, possibly a sash or band, made from textile and animal skin was found beneath the container. Beneath this, the basal stone of the cist had been covered by a layer purple moor grass which had been collected in summer. Analysis of environmental material from the site has revealed important insights into the pyre material used to burn the body, as well as providing important information about the environment in which the cist was constructed. The unparalleled assemblage of organic objects has yielded insights into a range of materials which have not survived from the earlier Bronze Age elsewhere in southern Britain.

The Archaeology Of Celtic Britain And Ireland

Author : Lloyd Robert Laing
ISBN : 9780521838627
Genre : Social Science
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This book, first published in 2006, surveys the archaeology of the Celtic-speaking areas of Britain and Ireland, AD 400 to 1200.

Studien Zu Den Schwertgr Bern Der Lteren Hallstattzeit

Author : Hermann Gerdsen
ISBN : 3805308132
Genre : Europe
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Prehistoric Britain

Author : Ann Woodward
ISBN : 9781785705359
Genre : History
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Pottery has become one of the major categories of artefact that is used in reconstructing the lives and habits of prehistoric people. In these 14 papers, members of the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group discuss the many ways in which pottery is used to study chronology, behavioural changes, inter-relationships between people and between people and their environment, technology and production, exchange, settlement organisation, cultural expression, style and symbolism.

Prehistoric Britain

Author : Joshua Pollard
ISBN : 1405125462
Genre : History
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The momentum provided by ongoing fieldwork and innovative archaeological interpretation is pushing British prehistory to the forefront of contemporary archaeological research. "Prehistoric Britain" taps into and incorporates the very latest archaeological findings to provide a fascinating overview of the development of human societies in Britain from the Upper Palaeolithic to the end of the Iron Age. Breaking free of the constraints of traditional, period-based narratives, "Prehistoric Britain" offers readers an incisive synthesis and much-needed overview of current research themes. The book presents a series of essays from leading scholars and professionals who address the very latest trends in current research. Drawing upon original, innovative fieldwork and in-depth analysis, "Prehistoric Britain" provides a thorough examination of the issues central to the study of British prehistory.

European Societies In The Bronze Age

Author : A. F. Harding
ISBN : 0521367298
Genre : Social Science
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The European Bronze Age, roughly 2500 to 750 BC, was the last fully prehistoric period and crucial to the formation of the Europe emerging in the later first millennium BC. This book provides a detailed account of its material culture, comparing and contrasting evidence from different geographical zones, and drawing out the essential characteristics of the period. It looks at settlement, burial, economy, technology, trade and transport, warfare, and social and religious life. The result is a comprehensive study that will interest specialists and students, and be accessible to non-specialists.

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