Movement, exchange and Identity in Europe in the 2nd and 1st millennia BC: Beyond Frontiers [Hardback]

Anne Lehoërff(Editor); Marc Talon(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781785707162 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2017 | 1st | Language: English/French 256p, H11 x W8.7, b/w
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Movement, exchange and Identity in Europe in the 2nd and 1st millennia BC

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This collection of papers by an international chort of contributors explores the nature of the maritime connections that appear to have existed in the Transmanche/English Channel Zone during later prehistory. Organised into three themes, ‘Movement and Identity in the Transmanche Zone’; ‘Travel and exchange’; ‘Identity and Landscape’, the papers seek to articulate notions of frontier, mobility and identity from the end of the 3rd to the beginning of the 1st millennium BC, a time when the archaeological evidence suggests that the sea facilitated connections between peoples on both sides of the Channel rather than acting as a barrier as it is so often perceived today. Recent decades have since a massive increase in large-scale excavation programmes on either side of the Channel in advance of major infra-structure and urban development, resulting in the acqusition of huge, complex new datasets enabling new insights into later prehistoric life in this crucially important region. Papers consider the role of several key archaeologists in transforming our appreciation of the connectivity of the sea in prehistory; consider the extent to which the Channel zone developed into a closely unified cultural zone during later Bronze Age in terms of communities that serviced the movement of artefacts across the Channel with both sides sharing widely in the same artefacts and social practices; examine funerary practices and settlement evidence and consider the relationship between communities in social, cultural and ideological terms; and consider mechanisms for the transmission of ideas and how they may be reflected in the archaeological record.
Brings together leading scholars from the UK and northern Europe in a thought-provoking and revealing new examination of the relationship between communities in the ‘Transmanche Zone’ in the Bronze and Iron Ages. The premise is that the English Channel was a conduit for connectivity and exchange of ideas, artefacts and social practices and rather than a barrier or frontier that had to be overcome before such connections could be fostered.

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""...I highly recommend this volume to historians with an interest in the Late Bronze Age and proto-European cultures, especially those who have a keen interest in proto-Celtic material culture. The quality of research is outstanding as the volume offers the latest findings in frontier studies and provides plenty of methodological tips to approach these studies.""

Open History ()

""This handsome volume, produced to the high standard customary for Oxbow publications […] is valuable in presenting an overview of our current state of knowledge regarding societies and their links on either side of the Channel during the Bronze and Early Iron Ages, bringing a large amount of information about the Continental side to an anglophone (and not just anglophone) audience that may not have been very familiar with it.""

International Journal of Nautical Archaeology ()

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