Ibss: Anthropology: 1986

Author: International Committee for Social Science Information and Documentation

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415031639

Category: Reference

Page: 643

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First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Something Out of the Ordinary? Interpreting Diversity in the Early Neolithic Linearbandkeramik and Beyond

Interpreting Diversity in the Early Neolithic Linearbandkeramik and Beyond

Author: Luc Amkreutz,Fabian Haack,Daniela Hofmann

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443893005

Category: Social Science

Page: 525

View: 1999


More than 7000 years ago, groups of early farmers (the Linearbandkeramik, or LBK) spread over vast areas of Europe. Their cultural characteristics comprised common choices and styles of execution, with a central meaning and functionality attached to ‘doing things a certain way’, over an enormous geographical area. However, recent evidence suggests that the reality was much more varied and diverse. The central question of this book is the extent to which notions of ‘uniformity’ and ‘diversity’ have caused a wider shift in archaeological perspective. Using the LBK case study as a starting point, the volume brings together contributions by international specialists tackling the notion of cultural diversity and its explanatory power in archaeological analysis more generally. Through discussions of the domestic architecture, stone tool inventory, pottery traditions, landscape use and burial traditions of the LBK, this book provides a crucial reappraisal of the culture’s potential for adaptability and change. Papers in the second part of the volume are devoted to archaeological case studies from around the globe in which the tension between diversity and uniformity has also proved controversial, including the Near Eastern Halaf culture, the North American Mississippian, the Pacific expansion of the Lapita culture, and the European Bell Beaker phenomenon. All provide exciting theoretical and methodological contributions on how the appreciation of cultural diversity as a whole can be moved forward. These papers expose diversity and uniformity as cultural strategies, and as such provide essential reading for scholars in archaeology and anthropology, and for anyone interested in the interplay between material culture and human social change.

Space and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology

Author: University of Calgary. Archaeological Association. Conference,Elizabeth C. Robertson

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826340221

Category: Social Science

Page: 406

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The archaeology of space and place is examined in this selection of papers from the 34th annual Chacmool Archaeological Conference.

The Significance of Monuments

On the Shaping of Human Experience in Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe

Author: Richard Bradley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134744838

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 2192


The Neolithic period, when agriculture began and many monuments - including Stonehenge - were constructed, is an era fraught with paradoxes and ambiguities. Starting in the Mesolithic and carrying his analysis through to the Late Bronze Age, Richard Bradley sheds light on this complex period and the changing consciousness of these prehistoric peoples. The Significance of Monuments studies the importance of monuments tracing their history from their first creation over six thousand years later. Part One discusses how monuments first developed and their role in developing a new sense of time and space among the inhabitants of prehistoric Europe. Other features of the prehistoric landscape - such as mounds and enclosures - across Continental Europe are also examined. Part Two studies how such monuments were modified and reinterpreted to suit the changing needs of society through a series of detailed case studies. The Significance of Monuments is an indispensable text for all students of European prehistory. It is also an enlightening read for professional archaeologists and all those interested in this fascinating period.

Mitteleuropa im 5. Jahrtausend vor Christus

Beiträge zur internationalen Konferenz in Münster 2010

Author: Ralf Gleser,Valeska Becker

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643112793

Category: Europe, Central

Page: 571

View: 7336


M Jahre 2010 jährte sich zum 120sten Mal der Abschluss der ersten Ausgrabungen im jungsteinzeitlichen Gräberfeld von Rössen bei Leuna im Saalekreis. Die Inventare dieser Nekropole haben seither eine prominente Rolle gespielt in der Diskussion um die zeitliche Einordnung der mit Rössen vergleichbaren Fundkomplexe und ihrer kulturhistorischen Deutung. Die Beiträge des vorliegenden Konferenzbandes verfolgen das Ziel, neue Erkenntnisse zum 5. Jahrtausend in Mitteleuropa unter Einbeziehung vor allem auch naturwissenschaftlicher Expertisen aufzuzeigen. Er setzt dadurch neue Akzente zum Verständnis der facettenreichen Kulturgeschichte dieses auch für spätere Entwicklungen wichtigen und forschungsgeschichtlich bedeutsamen "kurzen" Jahrtausends der frühen mitteleuropäischen Urgeschichte mit neuen Ansätzen gesellschaftlicher Differenzierung zwischen dem Ausklang der ersten agrarischen Kulturen mit Bandkeramik am Ende des 6. Jahrtausends und dem Beginn der Megalithen errichtenden Trichterbecherkulturen zu Beginn des 4. Jahrtausends.