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The Body in History: Europe from the Palaeolithic to the Future

The Body in History: Europe from the Palaeolithic to the Future


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This book is a long-term history of how the human body has been understood in Europe from the Palaeolithic to the present day, focusing on specific moments of change. Developing a multi-scalar approach to the past, and drawing on the work of an interdisciplinary team of experts, the authors examine how the body has been treated in life, art and death for the last 40,000 years. Key case-study chapters examine Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Classical, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern bodies. What emerges is not merely a history of different understandings of the body, but a history of the different human bodies that have existed. Furthermore, the book argues, these bodies are not merely the product of historical circumstance, but are themselves key elements in shaping the changes that have swept across Europe since the arrival of modern humans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521124119
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

John Robb is Reader in European Prehistory at the University of Cambridge. He has worked extensively in Central Mediterranean prehistory and archaeological theory and human skeletal studies, and is the author of The Early Mediterranean Village (Cambridge, 2007). He edits the Cambridge Archaeological Journal and is currently researching prehistoric art in Europe.

Oliver J. T. Harris is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Leicester. He is the co-director of the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project, which examines the long-term occupation of the Ardnamurchan peninsula in western Scotland and excavates sites from all periods including Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Viking and post-Medieval. He has published on Neolithic Britain and archaeological theory in a range of journals including Archaeological Dialogues, World Archaeology and the European Journal of Archaeology. He is currently writing a book on the archaeology of communities.

Table of Contents

1. O brave new world, that has such people in it Oliver Harris and John Robb; 2. Body worlds and their history: some working concepts Oliver Harris and John Robb; 3. The limits of the body Dušan Borić, Oliver Harris, Preston Miracle and John Robb; 4. The body in its social context Oliver Harris, Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, John Robb and Marie Louise Stig Sørensen; 5. The body and politics Oliver Harris, Jessica Hughes, Robin Osborne, John Robb and Simon Stoddart; 6. The body and god Oliver Harris and John Robb; 7. The body in the age of knowledge Oliver Harris, John Robb and Sarah Tarlow; 8. The body in the age of technology Oliver Harris, Maryon McDonald and John Robb; 9. The body in history: a concluding essay Oliver Harris and John Robb; 10. Epilogue Marilyn Strathern.

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