The Rise of Bronze Age Society: Travels, Transmissions and Transformations
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The Rise of Bronze Age Society: Travels, Transmissions and Transformations

by Kristian Kristiansen, Thomas B. Larsson
     
 

Beginning with state formation and urbanisation in the Near East c. 3000 BC and ending in Central and Northern Europe c. 1000-500 BC, the Bronze Age marks a heroic age of travels and transformations throughout Europe. In this book, Kristian Kristiansen and Thomas Larsson reconstruct the travel and transmission of knowledge that took place between the Near East, the… See more details below

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Beginning with state formation and urbanisation in the Near East c. 3000 BC and ending in Central and Northern Europe c. 1000-500 BC, the Bronze Age marks a heroic age of travels and transformations throughout Europe. In this book, Kristian Kristiansen and Thomas Larsson reconstruct the travel and transmission of knowledge that took place between the Near East, the Mediterranean and Europe. They explore how religious, political and social conceptions of Bronze Age people were informed by long-distance connections and alliances between local elites. The book integrates the hitherto separate research fields of European and Mediterranean (classical) archaeology and provides the reader with an alternative to the traditional approach of diffusionism. Examining data from across the region, the book presents an important new interpretation of social change in the Bronze Age, making it essential reading for students of archaeology, of anthropology and of the development of early European society.

About the Author:
Kristian Kristiansen is Professor at the Department of Archaeology, University of Gothenburg

About the Author:
Thomas B. Larsson is a member of the Swedish Research Council, and Professor of Archaeology at the University of Umea

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521604666
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : between Scylla and Charybdis1
1A theoretical strategy for studying interaction4
2Odysseus : a Bronage Age archetype32
3Rulership in the Near East and the eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age62
4Europe in the early Bronze Age : an archaeological background108
5Symbolic transmission and social transformation in Bronze Age Europe142
6The cosmological structure of Bronze Age society251
7Among gods and mortals, animals and humans320
8Cosmos and culture in the Bronze Age357
Epilogue : towards a new culture history369

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