The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory / Edition 1

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This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the archaeology of Mediterranean prehistory. Its case studies, spanning the Neolithic through the Iron Age, are drawn from all the Mediterranean's major lands, coasts, and islands. Written by fourteen of the leading archaeologists in the field. The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory presents diverse theoretical approaches that enable students as well as other archaeologists to see the benefits of multivocality. The chapters look beyond Mediterranean diversity toward common links based on social interaction and geography. The book also includes an introductory overview that situates this work in wider Mediterranean scholarship and offers new insights into the histories and cultures of ancient Mediterranean peoples.
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“This remarkable book does precisely what its title suggests:it provides an account of the archaeology of Mediterraneanprehistory that treats the Mediterranean as a single unit. A galaxyof prominent prehistorians traces themes and topics from the Levantto Spain, enabling the reader to acquire a sense of the shape ofprehistory across the whole of this extraordinary space.”Robin Osborne, University of Cambridge

“Blake and Knapp’s volume demonstrates that newapproaches to the Mediterranean, taking as central concerns thenature of culture and cultural heritage, are breathing new lifeinto studies of that region.” Chris Gosden, University ofOxford

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Meet the Author

Emma Blake is Visiting Assistant Professor in ClassicalStudies, University of Michigan. Her articles have appeared inWorld Archaeology, the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology,the European Journal of Archaeology, and the AmericanJournal of Archaeology.

A. Bernard Knapp is Professor of MediterraneanArchaeology in the Department of Archaeology, University ofGlasgow. He co-edits the Journal of MediterraneanArchaeology (with John F. Cherry) and is co-editor ofArchaeologies of Landscape (with Wendy Ashmore, Blackwell1999).

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Table of Contents

1 Prehistory in the Mediterranean : the connecting and corrupting sea 1
2 Substances in motion : neolithic Mediterranean "trade" 24
3 Agriculture, pastoralism, and Mediterranean landscapes in prehistory 46
4 Changing social relations in the Mediterranean Copper and Bronze Ages 77
5 The material expression of cult, ritual, and feasting 102
6 The gendered sea : iconography, gender, and Mediterranean prehistory 130
7 The genesis of monuments among the Mediterranean Islands 156
8 Lithic technologies and use 180
9 Archaeometallurgy in the Mediterranean : the social context of mining, technology, and trade 215
10 Settlement in the prehistoric Mediterranean 252
11 Maritime commerce and geographies of mobility in the late bronze age of the Eastern Mediterranean : problematizations 270
12 Museum archaeology and the Mediterranean cultural heritage 303
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