Europe before Rome A site-by-site tour of the Stone, Bronze, and Iron ages

T. Douglas Price

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New York, NY : Oxford University Press c2013.
Main Author
T. Douglas Price (-)
Physical Description
xv, 408 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-385) and index.
  • Preface
  • 1. Frameworks for Europe's Past
  • Geography and Environment
  • Geology
  • Raw Materials
  • Past Climates
  • Time and Chronology
  • A Very Short History of European Archaeology
  • 2. The First Europeans
  • Early Europeans
  • Atapuerca, Spain, 1,300,000 year ago
  • Boxgrove, England, UK, 500,000 years ago
  • Schningen, Germany, 400,000 years ago
  • Neanderthals
  • Krapina, Croatia,130,000 years ago
  • Salzgitter-Lebenstedt, Germany, 55,000 years ago
  • El Sidrcn, Spain, 43,000 years ago
  • Grotte du Renne, France, 40,000 years ago
  • Vindija Cave, Croatia, 34,000 years ago
  • Ancient DNANeanderthal Diet
  • Some Reflections
  • 3. The Creative Explosion
  • Origin and Spread of Modern Humans
  • The Upper Paleolithic
  • Pestera cu Oase, Romania, 40,000 years ago
  • Grotte Chauvet, France, 32,000 years ago
  • Grande Grotte, France, 32,000 years ago
  • Doln! Vestonice, Czech Republic, 27,500 years ago
  • Grotte de la Vache, France, 14,000 years ago
  • Gonnersdorf, Germany, 11,500 years ago
  • Pincevent, France, 12,000 years ago
  • Doggerland, North Sea, 11,000 BC
  • The Last Hunters
  • Franchthi Cave, Greece, 9000 BC
  • Mount Sandel, Ireland, 7000 BC
  • Moita do Sebastaio, Portugal, 6000 BC
  • Polderveg, Netherlands, 5500 BC
  • Tybrind Vig, Denmark, 5000 BC
  • Vedbaek, Denmark, 5000 BC
  • Rock Art: Vingen, Norway, 5000 BC
  • Some Reflections
  • 4. The First Farmers
  • The Origins and Spread of Agriculture
  • Shillourokambos, Cyprus, 8200 BC
  • Nea Nikomedeia, Greece, 6200 BC
  • Lepenski Vir, Serbia, 6200 BC
  • Vinca, Serbia, 5500 BC
  • Rudna Glava, Serbia, 5000 BC
  • Varna, Bulgaria, 4500 BC
  • Passo di Corvo, Italy, 6000 BC
  • Linearbandkeramik
  • Vaihingen, Germany, 5300 BC
  • Polished Flint Axes
  • Spiennes, Belgium, 4400 BC
  • La Draga, Spain, 5000 BC
  • Arbon Bleich, Switzerland, 3384 BC
  • Tzi, Italy, 3300 BC
  • The Megaliths of Western Europe
  • Skara Brae, Orkney Islands, UK, 3200 BC
  • Stonehenge, UK, 3100 BC
  • Newgrange, Ireland, 3100 BC
  • Los Millares, Spain, 3200 BC
  • Hal Saflieni, Malta, 3600 BC
  • Rock Art: Barranco de la Valtort, Spain, 5500 BC
  • Some Reflections
  • 5. Bronze Age Warriors
  • The Rise of Metals
  • The Bronze Age in the Aegean
  • Knossos, Crete, Greece, 3000 BC
  • Akrotiri, Greece, 1627 BC
  • Mykene, Greece, 1600 BC
  • Uluburun, Turkey, 1300 BC
  • The Bronze Age North of the Alps
  • Bell Beaker
  • Amesbury Archer, UK, 2470 BC
  • The Indo-Europeans
  • Croce del Papa, Italy, 2150 BC
  • Poggiomarino, Italy, 1600 BC
  • Nebra, Germany, 1600 BC
  • Bronze Age Finds
  • Sun Chariot, Denmark, 1400 BC
  • Bronze Lurs, Denmark, Sweden, ca. 1000 BC
  • Gold Hats, Germany, ca. 1000 BC
  • Flag Fen, UK, 1350 BC
  • Salcombe, UK, 1000 BC
  • Rock Art: Tanum, Sweden, 1500 BC
  • Some Reflections
  • 6. Centers of Power, Weapons of Iron
  • At the Edge of History
  • The Celts
  • The Germans
  • The Scythians
  • Making Iron
  • Biskupin, Poland, 738 BC
  • The Etruscans
  • Necropoli della Banditaccia, Italy, 650 BC
  • Hallstatt, Austria, 800 BC
  • Hochdorf, Germany, 530 BC
  • Vix, France 480 BC
  • Danebury, UK, 550 BC
  • Grauballe, Denmark, 300 BC
  • Manching, Germany, 300 BC
  • Gournay-sur-Aronde, France, 280 BC
  • Ribemont-sur-Ancre, France, 260 BC
  • Celtic Religion
  • Maiden Castle, UK, 43 BC
  • Some Reflections
  • An Epilogue. Past and Present - Lessons from Prehistoric Europe
  • Europe before Rome
  • Significance
  • Relevance
  • Preservation
  • Appreciation
  • References
  • Credits
  • Index
Review by Choice Review

Archaeologist Price (emer., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) deftly covers a very wide range of significant European archaeological sites, and for each does an extraordinary job of situating them in space, reviewing their discovery, and summarizing the important contributions they make to understanding the past. He does this with abundant illustrations of the countryside, the excavations themselves, artifacts, and reconstructions based on the sites. Backed up with an informative, authoritative, and detailed text, Price's book rises well above the coffee-table category to become almost a stand-alone text in European prehistory, though college-level courses would probably supplement it with additional material. Nevertheless, the volume will have wide appeal, finding readers in college and university libraries and more generally in public libraries, large and small. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All public and academic libraries. R. B. Clay emeritus, University of Kentucky

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In this richly illustrated, elegantly written guide to European prehistory, archeologist Price, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Images of the Past), takes us on a remarkable journey from the very earliest prehuman cultures to the Iron Age of warfare, empires, and human strife. He describes evidence that two million years ago, the first migrants from Africa-Homo antecessor-arrived in Europe. Sites at Atapuerca, Spain, indicate that Homo antecessor ate meat "and sometimes... each other," and that they fashioned hand axes out of stone. After following Homo's continuing evolution, Price guides readers on a whirlwind tour of European human history, examining the raw materials and technological and cultural artifacts that provide deep insights into that history. For example, archeological digs in Crete, Greece, and Rome beginning around 3000 B.C.E. reveal mobile, wealthy, and martial societies where weapons and warfare were pre-eminent; the Bronze Age was marked by conflict as larger societies sought to acquire land, slaves, and wealth from their neighbors. Focusing on dozens of specific sites at particular times (e.g., Pincevent, France, 12,000 years ago), Price's lush survey of major archeological sites in Europe provides a rich and engrossing introduction to what he calls an "extraordinary heritage." 288 illus., 219 b&w.(Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

Price (archaeology, emeritus, Univ. of Wisconsin; Images of the Past) takes readers on a grand tour of prehistoric Europe. He does an exemplary job of examining the history of humans in Europe, beginning with the appearance of Homo antecessor and leading up to a time just before Rome conquered the majority of the European landmass. He does this in a chronological manner, using the sites and artifacts in an entirely uncontrived way. The results reveal how technology and innovation-especially from the Stone to the Iron Age-propelled humanity forward. Price points out that while archaeology is unable to unlock all of the ways of our progenitors, it does divulge many key aspects of how they lived. He makes us understand that even our most humble discoveries and accomplishments, taken cumulatively, are dramatic and call to mind Isaac Newton's phrase that we, indeed, stand on the shoulders of giants. VERDICT A great book for the lay reader as well as for specialists. The numerous illustrations, tables, and maps throughout the book are an excellent complement to the text.-Brian Renvall, Mesalands Community Coll., Tucumcari, NM (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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