Forging Identities in the prehistory of Old Europe: Dividuals, individuals and communities, 7000–3000 BC [Paperback]

John Chapman (Author)

ISBN: 9789088909481 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 452p, H280 x W210 (mm) 94fc/109bw

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Hardback - ISBN: 9789088909498 - £ 195.00

Forging Identities in the prehistory of Old Europe


Balkan prehistory conjures up images of the Exotic and the Other in comparison with the better-known prehistory of Western Europe - often written in unfamiliar languages about lesser known places. Combined with the information revolution in archaeology, these factors have meant that no new synthesis of Old Europe has been written in the last 20 years. This has left a backlog of rich settlement data and object-rich landscapes which have rarely been presented in theoretically challenging ways. This material is an important, and greatly neglected, part of European prehistory.

This research monograph is a synthesis of the archaeology of South East, Central and Eastern Europe over four millennia (7000 – 3000 BC). The varied cultural development of the region is treated as a mosaic of local prehistories, in which people responded to major change and, in at least two cases – the development of farming and metallurgy - profound structural change through modifications of all the dimensions of their identities. Informed by a gendered perspective, this book seeks to structure the Mesolithic, Neolithic and the Chalcolithic periods in terms of a nested set of identities - the person, the household, the settlement and the regional network.

This book is intended for all those prehistorians who seek to expand their general knowledge of Old Europe, as well as undergraduates, postgraduates and specialists in Balkan prehistory. The book will also attract social anthropologists and sociologists with an interest in the creation and maintenance of nested social identities in the past.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 -   Introduction
Chapter 2 -   Framing the enquiry
Chapter 3 -   Foodways - foraging and agro-pastoral practices
Chapter 4 -   Persons
Chapter 5 -   Houses and households
Chapter 6 -   Settlement planning
Chapter 7 -   The mortuary zone
Chapter 8 -   Long-term settlement dynamics
Chapter 9 -   Networks
Chapter 10 - Change and continuity
Chapter 11 - Summary and conclusions

Reviews & Quotes

"[…] I would recommend this book to archaoelogy students, who will enjoy the richness of archaeological data presented here as well as the rich choice of outstanding archaeological contexts of Balkan late prehistory that are presented. Furthermore, the abundant recourse to anecdotes from the author's life-long work in the Balkans contribute to make this vook abluable reading for non-specialists as well."
Maja Gori
Current World Archaeology (01/02/2022)

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