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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 ...
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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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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195103236
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Series: Places in Time Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Scarre is Deputy Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. He is author of such works as Timelines of the Ancient World and Past Worlds: The Times Atlas of Archaeology, and is also an editor of The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. He has directed excavations at several sites in France and has participated in fieldwork in Britain and the Aegean. He lives in Cambridge, UK.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 Terra Amata (c. 380,000 years ago) Early settlers in southern France
2 Lascaux (c. 15,000 B.C.) A painted cave in the French Dordogne
3 The Coa Valley (c. 18,000 B.C.) Paleolithic carvings in northeastern Portugal
4 Carnac (c. 4500-2500 B.C.) Long mounds and standing stones in southern Brittany
5 Tarxien (c. 3500-2500 B.C.) Megalithic temples on the Maltese Islands
6 Avebury (c. 3600-2200 B.C.) Neolithic rituals in southern Britain
7 Skara Brae (c. 3100-2500 B.C.) A Neolithic village in the Orkney Islands
8 Newgrange (c. 3200 B.C.) Art and burial in Neolithic Ireland
9 Stonehenge (c. 2950-1600 B.C.) The great stone circle of Salisbury Plain
10 Valcamonica (c. 8000-16 B.C.) Prehistoric rock art in northern Italy
11 Biskupin (c. 730 B.C.) A timber township in northern Poland
12 Hochdorf (c. 550 B.C.) A chieftain's grave in southern Germany
13 Maiden Castle (c. 4000 B.C.-A.D. 50) Neplithic enclosure to Iron Age hillfort in southern England
14 Entremont (c. 190-120 B.C.) Native township in southern France
15 Borremose (c. 300-100 B.C.) A Danish peat bog and its prehistoric settlement
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Index
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