The Lives of Prehistoric Monuments in Iron Age, Roman, and Medieval Europe

Hardcover | November 1, 2015

EditorMarta Diaz-Guardamino, Leonardo Garcia Sanjuan, David Wheatley

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This volume explores the pervasive influence exerted by some prehistoric monuments on European social life over thousands of years, and reveals how they can act as a node linking people through time, possessing huge ideological and political significance. Through the advancement of theoreticalapproaches and scientific methodologies, archaeologists have been able to investigate how some of these monuments provide resources to negotiate memories, identities, and power and social relations throughout European history.The essays in this collection examine the life-histories of carefully chosen megalithic monuments, stelae and statue-menhirs, and rock art sites of various European and Mediterranean regions during the Iron Age and Roman and Medieval times. By focusing on the concrete interaction between people,monuments, and places, the volume offers an innovative outlook on a variety of debated issues. Prominent among these is the role of ancient remains in the creation, institutionalization, contestation, and negotiation of social identities and memories, as well as their relationship with politicaleconomy in early historic European societies.By contributing to current theoretical debates on materiality, landscape, and place-making, The Lives of Prehistoric Monuments in Iron Age, Roman, and Medieval Europe seeks to overcome disciplinary boundaries between prehistory and history, and highlight the long-term, genealogical nature of ourengagement with the world.

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This volume explores the pervasive influence exerted by some prehistoric monuments on European social life over thousands of years, and reveals how they can act as a node linking people through time, possessing huge ideological and political significance. Through the advancement of theoreticalapproaches and scientific methodologies, ar...

Marta Diaz-Guardamino is a Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on the later prehistory of Western Europe, particularly on archaeological art, megalithic monuments, and landscapes. Her research interests include the application of social theory and digital imaging technologies to archaeo...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.04 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of FiguresList of TablesContributorsPart I: Introduction1. Marta Diaz-Guardamino, Leonardo Garcia Sanjuan, and David Wheatley: The Lives of Prehistoric Monuments in Europe: An Introduction2. Joyce E. Salisbury: Before the Standing Stones: From Land Forms to Religious Attitudes and MonumentalityPart II: Case Studies3. Steen Hvass: Kings' Jelling: Monuments with Outstanding Biographies in the Heart of Denmark4. Gabriel Cooney: Icons of Antiquity: Remaking Megalithic Monuments in Ireland5. Howard Williams: Beowulf and Archaeology: Megaliths Imagined and Encountered in Early Medieval Europe6. David Wheatley: Myth, Memento and Memory: Avebury (Wiltshire, England)7. Heather Sebire: Les Pierres de Memoire: The Life History of two Statue-Menhirs from Guernsey, Channel Islands8. Luc Laporte, Marie-Yvane Daire, Gwenole Kerdivel and Elias Lopez-Romero: Back and Forward: Neolithic Standing Stones and Iron Age Stelae in French Brittany9. Mara Vejby: Enduring Past: Megalithic Tombs of Brittany and the Roman Occupation in Western France10. Leonardo Garcia Sanjuan and Marta Diaz-Guardamino: The Outstanding Biographies of Prehistoric Monuments in Iron Age, Roman and Medieval Spain11. Miguel Angel de Blas Cortina: Megaliths and Holy Places in the Genesis of the Kingdom of Asturias (North of Spain, AD 718-910)12. Francesco Fedele: Life and Death of Copper Age Monoliths at Ossimo Anvoia (Val Camonica, Italian Central Alps), 3000 BC-AD 195013. Staand#x0161;a Babiand#x0107;: Biography of a Hill - Novi Pazar in South Western Serbia14. Borja Legarra Herrero: What Happens When Tombs Die? The Historical Appropriation of the Cretan Bronze Age Cemeteries15. Joan Sanmarti, Nabil Kallala, Rafel Jornet, M. Carme Belarte, Joan Canela, Sarhane Cherif, Jordi Campillo, David Montanero, Xavier Bermudez, Thais Fadrique, Victor Revilla, Joan Ramon, and Moncef Ben Moussa: Roman Dolmens? The Megalithic Necropolises of Eastern Maghreb RevisitedPart III: Recapitulation and Conclusions16. Estella Weiss-Krejci: The Plot against the Past: Reuse and Modification of Ancient Mortuary Monuments as Persuasive Efforts of Appropriation17. Richard Bradley: Piercing together a PastIndex