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Grahame Clark : An Intellectual Biography Of An Archaeologist - Brian Fagan

Grahame Clark

An Intellectual Biography Of An Archaeologist

Paperback Published: 24th January 2003
ISBN: 9780813341132
Number Of Pages: 327

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The British archaeologist Grahame Clark was a seminal figure in European and world archaeology for more than half of the twentieth century, but, at the same time, one whose reputation has been outshone by other, more visible luminaries. His works were never aimed at a wide general public, nor did he become a television or radio personality. Clark was, above all, a scholar, whose contributions to world archaeology were enormous. He was also convinced that the study of prehistory was important for all humanity and spent his career saying so. For this, he was awarded the prestigious Erasmus Prize in 1990, an award only rarely given to archaeologists. This intellectual biography describes Clark's remarkable career and assesses his seminal contributions to archaeology. Clark became interested in archaeology while at school, studied the subject at Cambridge University, and completed a groundbreaking doctorate on the Mesolithic cultures of Britain in 1931. He followed this study with a magisterial survey, "The Mesolithic Settlement of Northern Europe"(1936), which established him as an international authority on the period. At the same time, he became interested in the interplay between changing ancient environment and ancient human societies. In a series of excavations and important papers, he developed environmental archaeology and the notion of ecological systems as a foundation of scientific, multidisciplinary archaeology, culminating in his world-famous excavations at Starr Carr, England, in 1949 and his "Prehistoric Europe: The Economic Basis" (1952). Clark became Disney Professor of Public Archaeology at Cambridge in 1952 and influenced an entire generation of undergraduates to become archaeologists in all parts of the world. He was also the author of the first book on a global human prehistory, "World Prehistory" (1961).

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Author's Notep. xix
A Passionate Connoisseur of Flintsp. 1
Clark's early life and school days, when he developed a passionate interest in archaeology
He studies history and archaeology as a Cambridge undergraduate
The Mesolithic Age in Britainp. 25
Graduate career at Cambridge
The Department of Archaeology at Cambridge in the 1920s and 1930s
A dissertation on the Mesolithic of Britain
The Mesolithic Age in Britain
The Fenland Research Committeep. 51
The Leman and Ower discovery and its consequences
Clark's seminal work with the Fenland Research Committee
Peacock's Farm
The Prehistoric Society of East Anglia becomes the Prehistoric Society
The Mesolithic Settlement of Northern Europep. 69
The travels that led to the writing of The Mesolithic Settlement of Northern Europe
Analysis of The Mesolithic Settlement
Reviews and reactions
Archaeology and Societyp. 91
Teaching at Cambridge
Analysis of Archaeology and Society
The War Yearsp. 109
World War II brings Clark into aerial photographic intelligence
Time to reflect
Interest kindled in modern art
Conference on The Future of Archaeology
First papers on ancient subsistence
The Economic Basisp. 125
Clark's Peterhouse fellowship and the influence of economic historian Michael Postan
The 1949 Munro lectures that formed the basis for Prehistoric Europe: The Economic Basis, which is analyzed
Star Carrp. 145
Star Carr
Excavations, analysis, and interpretation of the site, and the impact of the monograph
Later research at the settlement
Its importance to the development of ecological and subsistence archaeology
Disney Professorp. 169
The Disney chair
The 1953 Reckitt Lecture as a statement of Clark's approach to archaeology
Teaching world prehistory at Cambridge
Excavations at Hurst Fen and the Mildenhall Neolithic
World Prehistoryp. 189
Encouraging young archaeologists to work overseas
The writing of World Prehistory
Travels to Australia and New Zealand
Analysis of the book and its impact
Travels of a Prehistorianp. 209
The Early Agriculture Project
Aspects of Prehistory
Retirement from the Disney
Master of Peterhouse
The Earlier Stone Age Settlement of Scandinavia
Mesolithic Prelude
The Identity of Man
Clark's intellectual interests after retirement
Last Yearsp. 229
Man, Space, and Time
The Erasmus Prize, knighthood, the culmination of a lifetime's work
"Man the Spiritual Primate"
Final days
Retrospectp. 253
An assessment of Grahame Clark's intellectual contributions and significance to archaeology
Notesp. 267
Creditsp. 291
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780813341132
ISBN-10: 0813341132
Series: Intellectual Biography of an Archaeologist
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 327
Published: 24th January 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1