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Prehistoric Europe: Theory and Practice provides a comprehensive overview of the wide-ranging contemporary debates in the study of European prehistory. Written to reflect the immense changes in the field, the volume presents essays by some of the most dynamic researchers and leading European scholars in the field today. Ranging from the Neolithic period to the early stages of the Iron Age, and from Ireland and Scandinavia to the Urals and the Iberian Peninsula, the book offers a truly contemporary approach to the ever-evolving study of European prehistory.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Extensive and current bibliographies and illustrations accompany the highly stimulating discussions. [This is] Clearly a volume for colleges and universities with programs in archaeology and anthropology." (CHOICE, December 2009)

"This edited volume provides a welcome break from the traditional chronological approach to European prehistory. Important disciplinary themes are addressed here in innovative ways by a group of scholars with active field projects as well as impressive publication records."
Bettina Arnold, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"An impressive compilation of papers which successfully combines novel and theoretical approaches with detailed regional studies. Jones has assembled a galaxy of leading scholars to produce an authoritative overview of key themes and subjects within European prehistory, from the Iron Gates Mesolithic to Iron Age Scandinavia."
Chris Scarre, University of Durham

"Massive amounts of new information exist from all periods of prehistoric Europe and older frameworks of interpretation are increasingly inadequate to the task of making sense of these. Prehistoric Europe brings together a wide range of approaches which show exciting possibilities for novel ways of understanding the past. It is a book to be debated and argued with - I am sure new insights will result."
Chris Gosden, University of Oxford

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Meet the Author

Andrew Jones is currently a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Southampton. He is the author of several books including Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice (2001).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables Introduction Andrew Jones Jones, Andrew 1
1 Frameworks for the Analysis of European Prehistory 14 Introduction 14
(a) Hunter-Gatherers to Farmers? Mark Pluciennik Pluciennik, Mark 16
(b) The Celts as 'Grand Narrative' John Collis Collis, John 35
2 Landscape and Place 54 Introduction 54
(a) From Monuments in Landscape to Landscapes in Monuments: Monuments, Death and Landscape in Early Bronze Age Scandinavia Joakim Goldhahn Goldhahn, Joakim 56
(b) Everything in its Right Place? On Selective Deposition, Landscape and the Construction of Identity in Later Prehistory David Fontijn Fontijn, David 86
3 The Living House - Architecture, the Everyday and the Human Lifecycle 107 Introduction 107
(a) First Households and 'House Societies' in European Prehistory Dusan Boric Boric, Dusan 109
(b) Domestic Times: Houses and Temporalities in Late Prehistoric Europe Fokke Gerritsen Gerritsen, Fokke 143
4 Materiality, Technology and Transformation - The Emergence of Novel Technologies 162 Introduction 162
(a) The Emergence of Pottery Dragos Gheorghiu Gheorghiu, Dragos 164
(b) The Emergence of Metalworking Barbara S. Ottaway Ottaway, Barbara S. Ben Roberts Roberts, Ben 193
5 Death, Remembrance and the Past 226 Introduction 226
(a) Engaging Memories of European Prehistory Katina T. Lillios Lillios, Katina T. 228
(b) The Past in Later Prehistory Bryan Hanks Hanks, Bryan 255
6 Identity, Community, the Body and the Person 285 Introduction 285
(a) Neolithic Bodies Daniela Hofmann Hofmann, Daniela Alasdair Whittle Whittle, Alasdair 287
(b) Bodies and Identities in the Scandinavian Late Iron Age Ing-Marie Back DanielssonDanielsson, Ing-Marie Back 312
7 Interaction, Trade and Exchange 330 Introduction 330
(a) Approaches to Trade and Exchange in Earlier Prehistory (Late Mesolithic-Early Bronze Age) John Chapman Chapman, John 333
(b) Trade and Exchange in Later Prehistory Peter Wells Wells, Peter 356 Index 373
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