The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines

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Author: Timothy Insoll

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191663093

Category: Social Science

Page: 928

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Figurines dating from prehistory have been found across the world but have never before been considered globally. The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines is the first book to offer a comparative survey of this kind, bringing together approaches from across the landscape of contemporary research into a definitive resource in the field. The volume is comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible, with dedicated and fully illustrated chapters covering figurines from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia and the Pacific laid out by geographical location and written by the foremost scholars in figurine studies; wherever prehistoric figurines are found they have been expertly described and examined in relation to their subject matter, form, function, context, chronology, meaning, and interpretation. Specific themes that are discussed by contributors include, for example, theories of figurine interpretation, meaning in processes and contexts of figurine production, use, destruction and disposal, and the cognitive and social implications of representation. Chronologically, the coverage ranges from the Middle Palaeolithic through to areas and periods where an absence of historical sources renders figurines 'prehistoric' even though they might have been produced in the mid-2nd millennium AD, as in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The result is a synthesis of invaluable insights into past thinking on the human body, gender, identity, and how the figurines might have been used, either practically, ritually, or even playfully.

Cult in Context

Reconsidering Ritual in Archaeology

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Author: Caroline Malone,David Barrowclough

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1782974962

Category: History

Page: 368

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Gods, deities, symbolism, deposition, cosmology and intentionality are all features of the study of early ritual and cult. Archaeology has great difficulties in providing satisfactory interpretation or recognition of these elusive but important parts of ancient society, and methodologies are often poorly equipped to explore the evidence. This collection of papers explores a wide range of prehistoric and early historic archaeological contexts from Britain, Europe and beyond, where monuments, architectural structures, megaliths, art, caves, ritual activity and symbolic remains offer exciting glimpses into ancient belief systems and cult behaviour. Different theoretical and practical approaches are demonstrated, offering both new directions and considered conclusions to the many problems of studying the archaeology of cult and ritual. Central to the volume is an exploration of early Malta and its intriguing Temple Culture, set in a broad perspective by the discussion and theoretical approaches presented in different geographical and chronological contexts.

Handbook to Life in Prehistoric Europe

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Author: Jane McIntosh

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195384768

Category: History

Page: 404

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What we know of prehistoric Europe stems from archeological finds, ranging from cave paintings to the frozen body of a hunter exposed by a retreating glacier. This means that our knowledge is largely of the ordinary individual - the hunter-gatherer, farmer, or Metallurgist - rather than ofkings. In this intriguing book, Jane McIntosh gathers the results of recent archaeological discoveries and scholarly research, covering all aspects of life in prehistoric Europe: the geography of the continent, economy, settlement, trade, transport, industry and crafts, religion, death and burial,warfare, language, the arts, and more. Throughout, McIntosh stresses the lives lived by the majority, rather than the privileged elite (as is so often the case in recorded history). Not that evidence of the latter is lacking: exquisite jewelry, elaborately woven cloth, and finely wrought weaponstell us a great deal about the rulers of this lost world. Including more than 75 illustrations and maps, the Handbook to Life in Prehistoric Europe provides an accessible introduction to the 7000-year period that immediately preceded the Roman Empire.

The Archaeology of Malta

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Author: Claudia Sagona

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107006694

Category: History

Page: 464

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This book synthesizes the archaeology of the Maltese archipelago from the first human colonization c. 5000 BC through the Roman period (c. 400 AD). Claudia Sagona interprets the archaeological record to explain changing social and political structures, intriguing ritual practices, and cultural contact through several millennia.

The Adriatic Islands Project: The archaeological heritage of Hvar, Croatia

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Author: Vincent L. Gaffney

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd

ISBN: 9780860548515

Category: History

Page: 318

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The first volume from the Adriatic Islands project comprises the results from a thorough survey and mapping of the Dalmatian island of Hvar in Croatia. The area has long played an important role on trade routes between Italy and Illyria and Greece. There is a great deal of Neolithic archaeology, Bronze and Iron age burial monuments and much Greco-Roman material. The bulk of this book is a gazetter of around 800 sites, each of them having been visited by members of the team. The entries include plans, descriptions and references.

Human-induced Changes in the Environment and Landscape of the Maltese Islands from the Neolithic to the 15th Century AD

As Inferred from a Scientific Study of Sediments from Marsa, Malta

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Author: Katrin Fenech

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 155

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"An in-depth study of man's impact on the environment and landscape of the Maltese islands from the Neolithic to Medieval times."--Publisher's web site.

Malta

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Malta

Page: N.A

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