The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe

Hardcover | September 10, 2015

EditorChris Fowler, Jan Harding, Daniela Hofmann

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The Neolithic - a period in which the first sedentary agrarian communities were established across much of Europe - has been a key topic of archaeological research for over a century. However, the variety of evidence across Europe and the way research traditions in different countries (andlanguages) have developed makes it very difficult for both students and specialists to gain an overview of continent-wide trends. The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe provides the first comprehensive, geographically extensive, thematic overview of the European Neolithic - from Iberia to Russia and from Norway to Malta - offering both a general introduction and a clear exploration of key issues and current debatessurrounding evidence and interpretation. Chapters written by leading experts in the field examine topics such as the movement of plants, animals, ideas, and people (including recent trends in the application of genetics and isotope analyses); cultural change (from the first farming to the firstmetal artefacts); domestic architecture; subsistence; material culture; monuments; and burial and other treatments of the dead. In doing so, the volume also considers the history of research and sets out agendas and themes for future work in the field.

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The Neolithic - a period in which the first sedentary agrarian communities were established across much of Europe - has been a key topic of archaeological research for over a century. However, the variety of evidence across Europe and the way research traditions in different countries (andlanguages) have developed makes it very difficu...

Chris Fowler is Senior Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at Newcastle University. Jan Harding is Senior Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at Newcastle University. Daniela Hofmann is Junior Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Hamburg University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1200 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 2.33 inPublished:September 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. Chris Fowler, Jan Harding, and Daniela Hofmann: Defining the 'Neolithic in Europe': Diverse and Contemporaneous Communities, c. 6500-2500 BCPart II: Mobility, Change, and Interaction at the Large Scale2. Tony Brown, Geoff Bailey, and Dave Passmore: Environments and Landscape ChangeMovement of Plants, Animals, Ideas, and People3. Joannes Muller: South-East Europe4. Jean Guilaine: The Neolithization of Mediterranean Europe: Mobility and Interactions from the Near East to the Iberian Peninsula5. Wolfram Schier: Central and Eastern Europe6. Anne Tresset: Moving Animals and Plants in the Early Neolithic of North-Western Europe7. Stephen Shennan: Language, Genes, and Cultural InteractionSequences of Cultural Interaction and Cultural Change8. John Chapman: South-East Europe9. Caroline Malone: The Neolithic in Mediterranean Europe10. Detlef Gronenborn and Pavel Dolukhanov and#x2020;: Central and Eastern Europe11. Nick Thorpe: Northern and Western EuropePart III: Neolithic Worlds and Neolithic LifewaysHouses, Habitation, and Community12. Pal Raczky: Tells and Settlements in South-East Europe13. Demetra Papaconstantinou: Domestic Space in the Mediterranean14. Jonathan Last: Longhouse Lifestyles in the Central European Neolithic15. Francesco Menotti: Lakeside Dwellings of the Circum-Alpine Region16. Anick Coudart: Households and Communities in Neolithic France17. Kenneth Brophy: Houses, Halls, and Occuptation in Britain and Ireland18. Mats Larsson: Places of Settlement in Southern ScandanaviaSubsistence and Social Routine19. Rich Schulting: Stable Isotopes and Neolithic Subsistence: Pattern and Variation20. Amy Bogaard: Subsistence Practices and Social Routine in Neolithic Southern Europe21. Laszlo Bartosiewicz and Malcolm Lillie: Subsistence Practices in Central and Eastern Europe22. Tony Legge and#x2020; and Peter Rowley-Conwy: Subsistence Practices in Western and Northern Europe23. Dimitrij Mlekuand#x017E;: The Neolithic Year24. Roy Loveday: Religious Routine and Pilgrimage in the British IslesMateriality and Social Relations25. Marjorie de Grooth: Invention and European Knapping Traditions26. Pedro Diaz-del-Rio and Mara Capote: Shared Labour and Large Scale Action: European Flint Mining27. Gabriel Cooney: Stone and Flint Axes in Neolithic Europe28. Mihael Budja: Pottery of South-East Europe29. Joachim Pechtl: Linearbandkeramik Pottery and Society30. Rick Peterson and Johannes Muller: Ceramics and Society in Northern Europe31. Marc Vander Linden: Bell Beaker Pottery and Society32. Stratos Nanoglou: A Miniature World: Models and Figurines in South-East Europe33. John Chapman and Bisserka Gaydarska: Spondylus and Shell Ornaments34. Tony Axelsson, Morten Ramstad, and Anders Strinnholm: Amber35. Volker Heyd and Katherine Walker: The First Metalwork and Expressions of Social Power36. Mark Pearce and Martin Bartelheim: Early Metallurgy in Iberia and the Western Mediterranean37. Ben Roberts and Catherine Frieman: Early Metallurgy in Western and Northern Europe38. Duncan Garrow: Deposition in Pits39. Arkadiusz Marciniak and Joshua Pollard: Animals and Social RelationsMonuments, Rock Art, and Cosmology40. Jorg Petrasch: Central European Enclosures41. Robin Skeates: Italian Enclosures42. Niels Andersen: Causewayed Enclosures in Northern and Western Europe43. Vicki Cummings, Magdalena Midgeley and#x2020;, and Chris Scarre: Chambered Tombs and Passage Graves of Northern and Western Europe44. Sara Fairen-Jiminez: Rock Carvings in Iberia45. Angelo Fossati: Rock Carvings in South Central Europe46. Andrew Cochrane, Andrew Jones, and Kalle Sognnes: Rock Carvings in Northern Europe47. Robin Skeates: Underground Religion in the Central Mediterranean Neolithic48. Michael Hoskin: A Place in the Cosmos: Monuments and Celestial BodiesDeath, Bodies, and Persons49. Duand#x0161;an Boriand#x0107;: Mortuary Practices, Bodies, and Persons in the Neolithic and Early-Middle Copper Ages of South-East Europe50. John Robb: Burial and Human Body Representations in the Central Mediterranean Neolithic51. Daniela Hofmann and Jorg Orschiedt: Mortuary Practices, Bodies, and Persons in Central Europe52. Karl-Goran Sjogren: Mortuary Practices, Bodies, and Persons in North-East Europe53. Chris Fowler and Chris Scarre: Mortuary Practices and Bodily Representations in North-West EuropePart IV: Conclusion: Debates in Neolithic Archaeology54. Alasdair Whittle: Unexpected Histories? South-East and Central Europe55. Julian Thomas: What Do We Mean By 'Neolithic Societies'?56. Kristian Kristiansen: The Decline of the Neolithic and the Rise of the Bronze Age Society