Europe before Rome: A Site-by-Site Tour of the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages

Hardcover | December 5, 2012

byT. Douglas Price

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Werner Herzog's 2011 film Cave of Forgotten Dreams, about the painted caves at Chauvet, France brought a glimpse of Europe's extraordinary prehistory to a popular audience. But paleolithic cave paintings, stunning as they are, form just a part a story that begins with the arrival of the firsthumans to Europe 1.3 million years ago and culminates in the achievements of Greece and Rome.In Europe before Rome, T. Douglas Price takes readers on a guided tour through dozens of the most important prehistoric sites on the continent, from very recent discoveries to some of the most famous and puzzling places in the world, like Chauvet, Stonehenge, and Knossos. This volume focuses on morethan 60 sites, organized chronologically according to their archaeological time period and accompanied by 200 illustrations, including color photographs, maps, and drawings. Our understanding of prehistoric European archaeology has been almost completely rewritten in the last 25 years with a seriesof major findings from virtually every time period, such as Otzi the Iceman, the discoveries at Atapuerca, and evidence of a much earlier eruption at Mt. Vesuvius. Many of the sites explored in the book offer the earliest European evidence we have of the typical features of human society - toolmaking, hunting, cooking, burial practices, agriculture, and warfare. Introductory prologues to each chapter provide context for the wider changes in human behavior and society in the time period, while the author's concluding remarks offer expert reflections on the enduring significance of theseplaces. Tracing the evolution of human society in Europe across more than a million years, Europe before Rome gives readers a vivid portrait of life for prehistoric man and woman.

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Werner Herzog's 2011 film Cave of Forgotten Dreams, about the painted caves at Chauvet, France brought a glimpse of Europe's extraordinary prehistory to a popular audience. But paleolithic cave paintings, stunning as they are, form just a part a story that begins with the arrival of the firsthumans to Europe 1.3 million years ago and c...

T. Douglas Price is Weinstein Professor of European Archaeology Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Images of the Past, Europe's First Farmers, and the leading introductory textbook in the discipline, Principles of Archaeology.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 10 × 7.5 × 0.98 inPublished:December 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Frameworks for Europe's PastGeography and EnvironmentGeologyRaw MaterialsPast ClimatesTime and ChronologyA Very Short History of European Archaeology2. The First EuropeansEarly EuropeansAtapuerca, Spain, 1,300,000 year agoBoxgrove, England, UK, 500,000 years agoSchningen, Germany, 400,000 years agoNeanderthalsKrapina, Croatia,130,000 years agoSalzgitter-Lebenstedt, Germany, 55,000 years agoEl Sidrcn, Spain, 43,000 years agoGrotte du Renne, France, 40,000 years agoVindija Cave, Croatia, 34,000 years agoAncient DNANeanderthal DietSome Reflections3. The Creative ExplosionOrigin and Spread of Modern HumansThe Upper PaleolithicPestera cu Oase, Romania, 40,000 years agoGrotte Chauvet, France, 32,000 years agoGrande Grotte, France, 32,000 years agoDoln! Vestonice, Czech Republic, 27,500 years agoGrotte de la Vache, France, 14,000 years agoGonnersdorf, Germany, 11,500 years agoPincevent, France, 12,000 years agoDoggerland, North Sea, 11,000 BCThe Last HuntersFranchthi Cave, Greece, 9000 BCMount Sandel, Ireland, 7000 BCMoita do Sebastaio, Portugal, 6000 BCPolderveg, Netherlands, 5500 BCTybrind Vig, Denmark, 5000 BCVedbaek, Denmark, 5000 BCRock Art: Vingen, Norway, 5000 BCSome Reflections4. The First FarmersThe Origins and Spread of AgricultureShillourokambos, Cyprus, 8200 BCNea Nikomedeia, Greece, 6200 BCLepenski Vir, Serbia, 6200 BCVinca, Serbia, 5500 BCRudna Glava, Serbia, 5000 BCVarna, Bulgaria, 4500 BCPasso di Corvo, Italy, 6000 BCLinearbandkeramikVaihingen, Germany, 5300 BCPolished Flint AxesSpiennes, Belgium, 4400 BCLa Draga, Spain, 5000 BCArbon Bleich, Switzerland, 3384 BCtzi, Italy, 3300 BCThe Megaliths of Western EuropeSkara Brae, Orkney Islands, UK, 3200 BCStonehenge, UK, 3100 BCNewgrange, Ireland, 3100 BCLos Millares, Spain, 3200 BCHal Saflieni, Malta, 3600 BCRock Art: Barranco de la Valtort, Spain, 5500 BCSome Reflections5. Bronze Age WarriorsThe Rise of MetalsThe Bronze Age in the AegeanKnossos, Crete, Greece, 3000 BCAkrotiri, Greece, 1627 BCMykene, Greece, 1600 BCUluburun, Turkey, 1300 BCThe Bronze Age North of the AlpsBell BeakerAmesbury Archer, UK, 2470 BCThe Indo-EuropeansCroce del Papa, Italy, 2150 BCPoggiomarino, Italy, 1600 BCNebra, Germany, 1600 BCBronze Age FindsSun Chariot, Denmark, 1400 BCBronze Lurs, Denmark, Sweden, ca. 1000 BCGold Hats, Germany, ca. 1000 BCFlag Fen, UK, 1350 BCSalcombe, UK, 1000 BCRock Art: Tanum, Sweden, 1500 BCSome Reflections6. Centers of Power, Weapons of IronAt the Edge of HistoryThe CeltsThe GermansThe ScythiansMaking IronBiskupin, Poland, 738 BCThe EtruscansNecropoli della Banditaccia, Italy, 650 BCHallstatt, Austria, 800 BCHochdorf, Germany, 530 BCVix, France 480 BCDanebury, UK, 550 BCGrauballe, Denmark, 300 BCManching, Germany, 300 BCGournay-sur-Aronde, France, 280 BCRibemont-sur-Ancre, France, 260 BCCeltic ReligionMaiden Castle, UK, 43 BCSome ReflectionsAn Epilogue. Past and Present - Lessons from Prehistoric EuropeEurope before RomeSignificanceRelevancePreservationAppreciationReferencesCreditsIndex