The Oxford Illustrated Prehistory of Europe / Edition 1

The Oxford Illustrated Prehistory of Europe / Edition 1

by Barry Cunliffe, Cunliffe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198143850

ISBN-13: 9780198143857

Pub. Date: 06/01/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


When a melting Swiss glacier recently revealed the body of a hunter millennia old, the world sat up and took notice. Here, in his well-preserved arrows, tools, and leather garments (not to mention his own remains) was a rare glimpse of life in prehistoric Europe, and it captured the public imagination. Elsewhere more obvious remnants of the pre-classical past have…  See more details below

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When a melting Swiss glacier recently revealed the body of a hunter millennia old, the world sat up and took notice. Here, in his well-preserved arrows, tools, and leather garments (not to mention his own remains) was a rare glimpse of life in prehistoric Europe, and it captured the public imagination. Elsewhere more obvious remnants of the pre-classical past have long been objects of fascination: the megaliths of northwestern Europe, the palaces of Crete, the mysterious cave paintings of France. Now archeologist Barry Cunliffe and a team of distinguished experts shed light on this astonishing, long-silent world in a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated account.
Ranging from the earliest settlements through the emergence of Minoan civilization to the barbarian world at the end of the Roman Empire, The Oxford Illustrated Prehistory of Europe provides a fascinating look at how successive cultures adapted to the landscape of Europe. In synthesizing the diverse findings of archeology, the authors capture the sweeping movements of peoples, the spread of agriculture, the growth of metal working, and the rise and fall of cultures. They provide intriguing insight on the Minoan and the Mycenean past underlying classical Greek history, and on the disasters that destroyed Minoan civilization. They explore the increasingly sophisticated societies of northern Europe, revealing surprisingly far-reaching trade between different areas. The peoples of Bronze Age Denmark, for instance, sent amber to Germany in return for scarce metal, while new technologies spread widely across the continent. The book continues through the end of the Roman Empire, exploring the barbarian world beyond Rome's northern frontier.
For centuries, we knew little of the European civilizations that preceded classical Greece or arose outside of the Roman Empire, beyond ancient myths and the writings of Roman observers. Now the most recent discoveries of archeology have been synthesized into one exciting volume. Featuring hundreds of stunning photographs (many in full color), this book provides the most complete account available of the prehistory of European civilization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198143857
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.63(h) x 1.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
List of Maps
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The Peopling of Europe, 700,000-40,000 Years before the Present5
2The Upper Palaeolithic Revolution42
3The Mesolithic Age79
4The First Farmers136
5The Transformation of Early Agrarian Europe: The Later Neolithic and Copper Ages, 4500-2500 BC167
6The Palace Civilizations of Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece, 2000-1200 BC202
7The Emergence of Elites: Earlier Bronze Age Europe, 2500-1300 BC244
8The Collapse of Aegean Civilization at the End of the Late Bronze Age277
9Reformation in Barbarian Europe, 1300-600 BC304
10Iron Age Societies in Western Europe and Beyond, 800-140 BC336
11Thracians, Scythians, and Dacians 800 BC-AD 300373
12The Impact of Rome on Barbarian Society 140 BC-AD 300411
13Barbarian Europe, AD 300-700447
Further Reading483
Chronological Tables497
Acknowledgement of Sources507
Index511

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