From Genesis to Prehistory: The Archaeological Three Age System and its Contested Reception in…

Hardcover | November 1, 2007

byPeter Rowley-Conwy

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We are now familiar with the Three Age System, the archaeological partitioning of the past into Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. This division, which amounted at the time to a major scientific revolution, was conceived in Denmark in the 1830s. Peter Rowley-Conwy investigates the reasonswhy the Three Age system was adopted without demur in Scandinavian archaeological circles, yet was the subject of a bitter and long-drawn-out contest in Britain and Ireland, up to the 1870s.

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We are now familiar with the Three Age System, the archaeological partitioning of the past into Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. This division, which amounted at the time to a major scientific revolution, was conceived in Denmark in the 1830s. Peter Rowley-Conwy investigates the reasonswhy the Three Age system was adopted without d...

Peter Rowley-Conwy is Reader in Archaeology, Durham University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.99 inPublished:November 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Chronologies in Conflict2. The Construction of Prehistory: Copenhagen to 18363. The Three Age System as Predator: Copenhagen and Lund 1836-18504. The Disinterested Gentlemen: England to 18605. Scotland: The Creation of a Nation's Prehistory6. Ireland: Realm of the Four Masters7. Fighting it Through: England 1860-18808. Aftermath