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Organizing Bronze Age Societies : The Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Scandanavia Compared - Timothy K. Earle

Organizing Bronze Age Societies

The Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Scandanavia Compared

By: Timothy K. Earle (Editor), Kristian Kristiansen (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th August 2010
ISBN: 9780521748353
Number Of Pages: 328

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The Bronze Age was a formative period in European history when the organization of landscapes, settlements, and economy reached a new level of complexity. This book presents the first in-depth, comparative study of household, economy, and settlement in three micro-regions: the Mediterranean (Sicily), Central Europe (Hungary), and Northern Europe (South Scandinavia). The results are based on ten years of fieldwork in a similar method of documentation, and scientific analyses were used in each of the regional studies, making controlled comparisons possible. The new evidence demonstrates how differences in settlement organization and household economies were counterbalanced by similarities in the organized use of the landscape in an economy dominated by the herding of large flocks of sheep and cattle. The eight chapters in this book provide a new, contextualized understanding of the social and economic complexity of the Bronze Age. Its innovative theoretical and methodological approaches will be of relevance to all researchers of landscape and settlement history.

'The ambition shown here is all too rare in archaeology.' The Times Literary Supplement
"Recommended." -Choice
"For archaeologists, the benefits will be longer in coming, but with final publication by this able team, there is much to look forward to." -Anthony Harding, The American Journal of Archaeology

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Introduction: Theory and Practice in the Late Prehistory of Europep. 1
The Palaeo-Environments of Bronze Age Europep. 34
Regional Settlement Patternsp. 57
Settlement Structure and Organisationp. 87
Householdsp. 122
Subsistence Strategiesp. 155
Technology and Craftp. 185
Organising Bronze Age Societies: Concluding Thoughtsp. 218
Participating Institutionsp. 257
Doctoral Dissertations Based on the Projectsp. 258
Selected Publications Related to the Four Projectsp. 259
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780521748353
ISBN-10: 0521748356
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 30th August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61