A Life in Balkan Archaeology [Paperback]

John Chapman (Author)

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ISBN: 9781789257298 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 256p, H240 x W170 (mm) B/w and colour

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A Life in Balkan Archaeology


This lively memoir tells the story of a boy growing up in Plymouth, Devon, getting excited about archaeology after visits to mainland Greece and Crete, trying to get into Greek archaeology and relocating northwards into the Balkans, where he spent a career in prehistoric research. The chapters alternate between museum/university experiences and the author's major research projects. The experiences of working in that part of the world as the Third Balkan War was starting were dramatic. The memoir presents stories with implications for East–West relationships which will soon disappear from living memory. The ways that research projects originated and developed are also strongly featured. There is also a fund of anecdotes about prehistorians living and dead. The publication of this memoir records those fragments of the discipline’s history which are in danger of being lost forever. But Chapman's life story is not erased from this account, which is not an anthropological work but, rather, a participant account with a modicum of relevant personal details. This memoir provides the insider story to the research results.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1   Growing up
Chapter 2   Undergraduate days
Chapter 3   Postgraduate days
Chapter 4   Museum intermezzo
Chapter 5   The University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Chapter 6   The Neothermal Dalmatia Project
Chapter 7   Prelude to the 3rd Balkan War
Chapter 8   The Upper Tisza Project
Chapter 9   The fragmentation breakthrough
Chapter 10   The European Association of Archaeologists
Chapter 11   Life in Durham
Chapter 12   Research in the Balkans in the 2000s
Chapter 13   The Ukrainian Trypillia megasites project
Chapter 14   Looking back  -  looking forward

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