Sicily before History: An Archaeological Survey from the Palaeolithic to the Iron Age

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Students and travelers to Sicily will welcome this inviting introduction to the archaeology of the Mediterranean's largest island. In the first English-language book on prehistoric Sicily in over forty years, Robert Leighton explores the region's rich archaeological record. He charts the development of Sicily's early cultures from the Palaeolithic onward, concluding with an account of the indigenous society at the time of Greek and Phoenician settlement in the 8th century B.C.

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Overview

Students and travelers to Sicily will welcome this inviting introduction to the archaeology of the Mediterranean's largest island. In the first English-language book on prehistoric Sicily in over forty years, Robert Leighton explores the region's rich archaeological record. He charts the development of Sicily's early cultures from the Palaeolithic onward, concluding with an account of the indigenous society at the time of Greek and Phoenician settlement in the 8th century B.C.

Each chapter in this generously illustrated volume highlights the principal developments of a major chronological period and then addresses social and economic themes. Among the topics discussed are settlement patterns and structures; local autonomy; external influences; cultural expression; and contacts with Italy, nearby satellite islands, and the Mycenaean world. Informed by recent fieldwork and scholarship, this book is a necessary guide to the current state of knowledge on prehistoric Sicily.

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"Leighton's study is a well-written, informative overview of Sicilian prehistory. . . This well-illustrated, readable, archaeological synthesis focuses on burials and ceramic typology. Its contribution to culture history makes it important reading for prehistorians, graduate students and undergraduates studying Old World prehistory, especially of the Mediterranean. . . The detailed notes and bibliography make it a useful scholarly resource."—Choice

"Leighton's volume is clearly written, well informed, and fully abreast of the latest discoveries in Sicilian archaeology."—Stephen L. Dyson, Classics Department, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. American Journal of Archaeology.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801436208
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 1/29/1999
  • Series: 12/1/2006
  • Pages: 224

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and conventions
Introduction: past research and recurrent themes 1
1 Early Faunal and Human Populations 11
2 The First Farming Societies 51
3 New Territories and Tombs 87
4 Interaction and Trade 147
5 Realignments in Protohistory 187
6 Indigenous Peoples in the 8th and 7th Centuries B.C. 219
Tables 269
Notes 273
Bibliography 286
List of illustrations 302
Index 306
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