Prehistory & Ancient History  /  Prehistory
A Completely Normal Practice Cover A Completely Normal Practice Cover
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Pages: 290
ISBN: 9789464280166
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 35fc/53bw
Pages: 290
ISBN: 9789464280159
Pub Date: 28 Apr 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 35fc/53bw
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In Bronze Age Europe, an enormous amount of metalwork was buried in the ground and never retrieved. Patterns in the archaeological finds show that this was a deliberate practice: people systematically deposited valuable metal objects in specific places in the landscape, even in non-metalliferous regions. Although this practice seems strange and puzzling from our modern perspective, these patterns demonstrate that it was not simply a matter of irrational human behaviour.
Farm, Hunt, Feast, Celebrate Cover Farm, Hunt, Feast, Celebrate Cover
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Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789464260229
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 147fc/70bw
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789464260212
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 147fc/70bw
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Building on the experience of twenty-five years of fieldwork and archaeozoological analyses carried out during research projects in various regions of northern France, this book examines animal husbandry and hunting practices over the 5000 year period from the first sedentary groups to the more evolved societies, corresponding to the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age.This approach is based on the processing of a very large amount of data, from sources as varied as settlements, assembly places, cemeteries and other distinctive sites. The study looks in detail at domestic consumption in houses, villages and enclosures, as well as addressing feasting, ceremonial deposition and the role of animals in the funerary sphere.
Labouring with Large Stones Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9789464280098
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 31fc/13bw
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This book explores the cost, expressed in labour, of constructing fortifications during the Late Bronze Age in Greece (ca. 1600 - 1050 BCE). The underlying question for this study is whether the cost of large scale constructions, built with large, unwieldy blocks, may have overstretched the (economic) capabilities of communities, leading to their collapse.
Labouring with Large Stones Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9789464280104
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 31fc/13bw
Description:
This book explores the cost, expressed in labour, of constructing fortifications during the Late Bronze Age in Greece (ca. 1600 - 1050 BCE). The underlying question for this study is whether the cost of large scale constructions, built with large, unwieldy blocks, may have overstretched the (economic) capabilities of communities, leading to their collapse.
Resurfacing the Submerged Past Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9789464260397
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 150fc/30bw
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The Netherlands are internationally renowned for the archaeology of its wetland environments. The reclamation of the Flevoland Polders in the early half of the 20th century not only exposed hundreds of shipwrecks, but also remnants of prehistoric landscapes and traces of human occupation dating to Mesolithic and Neolithic times. Ultimately, this led to the 'discovery' of the Swifterbant Culture in the 1960s-1970s, and which was initially seen as a Dutch equivalent of the Ertebølle Culture.
Settling with the norm? Cover Settling with the norm? Cover
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Pages: 286
ISBN: 9789464280227
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 58fc / 96bw
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9789464280210
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 58fc / 96bw
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When studying later prehistoric societies, it is evident that shared practices, as well as variations, exist in the settlement record. Traditionally, the emphasis has mainly been on the elements shared on large scales, the widely shared norms. Variations in material culture have received little attention.
Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities Cover Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities Cover
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Pages: 680
ISBN: 9789464260441
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 300fc / 280bw
Pages: 680
ISBN: 9789464260434
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 300fc / 280bw
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Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities argues exactly that. Round barrows do not just represent the death side of Early Bronze Age communities placed in set-a-side ritual landscapes, but were instead central to existence in many ways. This study of the Rother Region, where the Weald meets the Wessex massif, reports the results of the People of the Heath project, 2014–18.
Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities Cover Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities Cover
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Pages: 258
ISBN: 9789464260472
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 59fc / 85bw
Pages: 258
ISBN: 9789464260465
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 59fc / 85bw
Description:
Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities argues exactly that. Round barrows do not just represent the death side of Early Bronze Age communities placed in set-a-side ritual landscapes, but were instead central to existence in many ways. This study of the Rother Region, where the Weald meets the Wessex massif, reports the results of the People of the Heath project, 2014-18.
Fragments of the Bronze Age Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781789256970
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Prehistoric Society Research Papers
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
The destruction and deposition of metalwork is a widely recognised phenomenon across Bronze Age Europe. Weapons were decommissioned and thrown into rivers; axes were fragmented and piled in hoards; and ornaments were crushed, contorted and placed in certain landscapes. Interpretation of this material is often considered in terms of whether such acts should be considered ritual offerings, or functional acts for storing, scrapping and recycling the metal.
Hunter-Gatherer Ireland Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781789256819
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w
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Explores the Irish Mesolithic - the period after the end of the last Ice Age when Ireland was home to hunter-gatherer communities, mostly from about 10,000-6,000 years ago. At this time, Ireland was an island world, with striking similarities and differences to its European neighbours - not least in terms of the terrestrial ecology created by its island status. To understand the communities of hunter-gatherers who lived there, it is essential that we consider the connections established between people and the other beings and materials with which they shared the world and through which they grew into it.
Woven Threads Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781789257342
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Ancient Textiles
Description:
Woven textiles are produced by nearly all human societies. This volume investigates evidence for patterned textiles (that is, textiles woven with elaborate designs) that were produced by two early Mediterranean civilisations: the Minoans of Crete and the Mycenaeans of mainland Greece, that prospered during the Aegean Bronze Age, c. 3000-1200 BC, contemporary with pharaonic Egypt.
Archaeology of the Ionian Sea Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781789256734
Pub Date: 10 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w
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Presents a thematic collection of papers dealing with the Stone Age and Bronze Age archaeology of the Ionian Sea, situated off the south western Balkan peninsula. It is based on an international conference held in Athens, Greece in January 2020. The eastern Ionian occupies a geographically complex area, which since the Pleistocene has undergone significant alterations due to tectonic activity and sea-level fluctuations.
Grave Goods Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781789257472
Pub Date: 10 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w and colour
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Britain is internationally renowned for the high quality and exquisite crafting of its later prehistoric grave goods (c. 4000 BC to AD 43). Many of prehistoric Britain's most impressive artefacts have come from graves.
Marking Place Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781789257090
Pub Date: 10 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
Much archaeological work is concerned with identifying gaps in our knowledge and developing strategies for addressing them; we perhaps spend less time thinking about how research should proceed when we already know, relatively speaking, quite a lot. ­The programme of dating causewayed enclosures in southern Britain that was published in 2011 as Gathering Time (Oxbow Books) gave us a new, more precise chronology for many individual sites as well as for enclosures as a whole, and as a consequence a far better sense of their significance and place in the story of the British Early Neolithic. Arguably, causewayed enclosures are now the best understood type of Neolithic monument.
Ireland's First Settlers Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 408
ISBN: 9781789256888
Pub Date: 28 Nov 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
Ireland's First Settlers tells the story of the archaeology and history of the first continuous phase of Ireland’s human settlement. It combines centuries of search and speculation about human antiquity in Ireland with a review of what is known today about the Irish Mesolithic. This is, in part, provided in the context of the author's 50 years of personal experience searching to make sense of what initially appeared to be little more than a collection of beach rolled and battered flint tools.
Neolithic Stone Extraction in Britain and Europe Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781789257052
Pub Date: 28 Nov 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Prehistoric Society Research Papers
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
This book focuses on the introduction of Neolithic extraction practices across Europe through to the Atlantic periphery of Britain and Ireland. The key research questions are when and why were these practices adopted and what role did extraction sites play in Neolithic society. Neolithic mines and quarries have frequently been seen as fulfilling roles linked to the expansion of the Neolithic economy.