Exploring Prehistoric Europe: Places in Time

Exploring Prehistoric Europe: Places in Time

by Chris Scarre, Christopher Scarre
     
 


Part travel guide, part survey of Europe's prehistory, Exploring Prehistoric Europe delves into fifteen of the most famous, most important, and most exciting archaeological sites in Europe.
The first volume in the Places in Time series, this beautiful book takes us to locales both famous and obscure, from Ireland to Poland to Malta, rangingSee more details below

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Part travel guide, part survey of Europe's prehistory, Exploring Prehistoric Europe delves into fifteen of the most famous, most important, and most exciting archaeological sites in Europe.
The first volume in the Places in Time series, this beautiful book takes us to locales both famous and obscure, from Ireland to Poland to Malta, ranging chronologically from Terra Amata, a site in southern France occupied some 380,000 years ago, to Borremose, a Danish settlement that dates to Roman times. The author, archaeologist Chris Scarre, examines the haunting cave paintings of Lascaux, France; the stone circle and ritual complexes of Avebury, England; and the ever mysterious Stonehenge--as well as lesser known but no less intriguing sites around Europe. For each location, he conducts a careful tour of the existing remains, describes the history of its excavation, and then interprets how the site might have been built, used, or occupied. Readers will explore a variety of cultures and monuments, from megalithic stone circles to Neolithic villages to Bronze Age tombs, and see intimate portraits of the daily life of Europe's prehistoric ancestors. Perhaps equally important, Scarre has selected the sites with accessibility in mind--all can be easily reached by the modern tourist--and he also highlights local museums and visitor centers where further artifacts and information can be found.
Beautifully illustrated with maps and full-color photographs, Exploring Prehistoric Europe makes the perfect companion for the historically minded traveler--or the reader who wants to curl up at home and wander at leisure through the distant past.

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Library Journal
This volume launches a new series that will describe archaeological sites worldwide in a regional context. The book is organized by site, each chosen for its accessibility to the public, the significance of its remains, geographical location, and the archaeological period and type. The text gives up-to-date descriptions of each site's location, layout, excavations, remains, interpretation, and importance. Scarre (Ancient Civilizations, Addison-Wesley, 1997) uses sidebars to explain concepts (such as radiocarbon dating) and provide context essential to understanding the sites. Numerous photographs, maps, and drawings supplement the text, while suggested readings and the museum locations of artifacts are appended to each chapter. Although reading the book from cover to cover doesn't truly provide a complete picture of prehistoric Europe, Scarre's approach (a "grand tour") is successful in presenting a solid introduction to each site and different periods of prehistory. Recommended for general readers of archaeology.--Joyce L. Ogburn, Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195103236
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Series:
Places in Time Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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