The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines by Timothy Insoll

The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines

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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 contemporaryresearch 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; whereverprehistoric 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, meaningin 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 synthesisof 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.

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Timothy Insoll is a Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology at the University of Manchester. Educated at the Universities of Sheffield and Cambridge, he was initially awarded a Research Fellowship at St John's College, Cambridge before being appointed lecturer at the University of Manchester in 1998, where he was awarded a persona...
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Title:The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric FigurinesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:976 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.03 inPublished:May 20, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1. Introduction1. Miniature Possibilities: An Introduction to the Varied Dimensions of Figurine Research2. Lynn Meskell: The Archaeology of Figurines and the Human Body in Prehistory3. Richard G. Lesure: Comparative Perspectives in the Interpretation of Prehistoric FigurinesPart 2. Africa4. Alice Stevenson: Predynastic Egyptian Figurines5. Gunnar Haaland and Randi Haaland: Prehistoric Figurines in Sudan6. Barbara E. Barich: The Sahara7. Alex Schoeman: Southern Africa8. Timothy Insoll: West Africa9. Pierre de Maret: Equatorial AfricaPart 3. The Americas10. Andrzej Antczak and Magdalena Antczak: Caribbean11. Erin L. Sears: Mesoamerica - Maya12. Christopher A. Pool: Mesoamerica - Olmec13. Jeffrey P. Blomster: Mesoamerica - Highland Formative (Early to Middle Formative) Figurines14. Lisa Overholtzer: Aztec Figurines15. Polly Schaafsma: North America - Southwest16. Roy L. Carlson: Figurines and Figural Art of the Northwest Coast17. William W. Fitzhugh and Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad: Inuguat: Prehistoric Human Figurines in the North American Arctic18. George F. Lau: South America - Andes19. Cristiana Barreto: Figurine Traditions from the AmazonPart 4. Asia20. Ellen Belcher and Karina Croucher: Anatolia21. Sascha Priewe: Prehistoric Figurines in China: The Deep History of Figurative Imagery in China22. Sharri R. Clark and J. Mark Kenoyer: South Asia - Indus Civilization23. Koji Mizoguchi: Anthropomorphic Clay Figurines of the Jomon Period of Japan24. Ian Kuijt: Clay Ideas: Levantine Neolithic Figurine Trajectories and Intellectual Threads25. Stuart Campbell and Aurelie Daems: Figurines in Prehistoric Mesopotamia26. Aurelie Daems: From a Bird's Eye View: Prehistoric Human Figurines from IranPart 5. Australasia and the Pacific27. Catherine Orliac and Michel Orliac: Wooden Figurines of Easter IslandPart 6. Europe28. Colin Renfrew: Cycladic Figurines29. Christine Morris: Minoan and Mycenaean Figurines30. Rebecca Farbstein: Palaeolithic Central and Eastern Europe31. Eszter Banffy: Neolithic Eastern and Central Europe32. Caroline Malone and Simon Stoddart: Figurines of Malta33. Daisy Knox: Mediterranean - Cyprus34. Robin Skeates: Prehistoric Figurines in Italy35. Isabelle Vella Gregory: Mediterranean - Sardinia36. Doug Bailey: Southeast European Neolithic Figurines: Beyond Context, Interpretation, and Meaning37. Paul Pettitt: Palaeolithic Western and North Central Europe38. Chris Scarre: Neolithic Figurines of Western Europe