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The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Ageis a wide-ranging survey of a crucial period in prehistory during which many social, economic, and technological changes took place. Written by expert specialists in the field, the book provides coverage both of the themes that characterize the period, and of the specific developments that took place in the various countries of Europe. After an introduction and a discussion of chronology, successive chapters deal with settlement studies, burial analysis, hoards and hoarding, monumentality, rock art, cosmology, gender, and trade, as well as a series of articles on specific technologies and crafts (such as transport, metals, glass, salt, textiles, and weighing). The second half of the book covers each country in turn. From Ireland to Russia, Scandinavia to Sicily, every area is considered, and up to date information on important recent finds is discussed in detail. The book is the first to consider the whole of the European Bronze Age in both geographical and thematic terms, and will be the standard book on the subject for the foreseeable future.
Harry Fokkens is Chair of European Prehistory at Leiden University.
Anthony Harding is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Exeter.
Table of Contents
Preface List of illustrations List of tables 1. Introduction, Harry Fokkens and Anthony Harding Part I: Themes in Bronze Age archaeology 2. Old Father Time: the Bronze Age chronology of Western Europe, Benjamin W Roberts, Marion Uckelmann and Dirk Brandherm 3. Europe 2500 to 2200 BC: Between expiring ideologies and emerging complexity, Volker Heyd 4. A little bit of history repeating itself: a brief review of theories on the Bell Beaker phenomenon, Marc Vander Linden 5. Bronze Age settlements, Joanna Bruck and Harry Fokkens 6. Burials, Mads Kahler Holst 7. Hoards and the deposition of metalwork, Richard Bradley 8. NBNB Monuments and monumentality in Bronze Age Europe, Timothy Darvill 9. NBNB Stonehenge, Mike Parker Pearson, Peter Marshall, Josh Pollard, Colin Richards, Julian Thomas, and Kate Welham 10. The contribution of skeletal isotope analysis to understanding the Bronze Age in Europe, Janet Montgomery and Mandy Jay 11. The myth of the chief: prestige goods, power and personhood in the European Bronze Age, Joanna Bruck and David Fontijn 12. Identity, gender and dress in the European Bronze Age, Marie Louise Stig Sorensen 13. Warfare in the European Bronze Age, Nick Thorpe 14. Rethinking Bronze Age cosmology a North European perspective, Joakim Goldhahn 15. Bronze Age rock art in Northern Europe contexts and interpretations, Joakim Goldhahn and Johan Ling 16. Rock carvings and Alpine statue-menhirs, from the Chalcolithic to the Middle Bronze Age: reflections on social process, Geoffroy de Saulieu 17. Bronze Age fields and land division, Robert Johnston 18. Animals in Bronze Age Europe, Laszlo Bartosiewicz 19. Plant cultivation in the Bronze Age, Hans-Peter Stika and Andreas G. Heiss 20. Trade and exchange, Anthony Harding 21. Seafaring and riverine navigation in the Bronze Age of Europe, Robert Van de Noort 22. Land transport in the Bronze Age, Marion Uckelmann 23. Copper and bronze: Bronze Age metalworking in context, Tobias L. Kienlin 24. Bronze Age copper mining in Europe, William O Brien 25. Gold and gold working of the Bronze Age, Barbara Armbruster 26. Craft production: ceramics, textiles and bone, Joanna Sofaer, Lise Bender Jorgensen and Alice Choyke 27. Glass and faience, Julian Henderson 28. Salt production in the Bronze Age, Anthony Harding 29. Weighing, commodification and money, Christopher Pare Part II: The Bronze Age by region 30. Britain and Ireland in the Bronze Age: farmers in the landscape, or heroes on the high seasa, Benjamin W. Roberts 31. The Bronze Age in the Low Countries, Harry Fokkens and David Fontijn 32. The Bronze Age in France, Claude Mordant 33. Bronze Age Iberia, Vicente Lull, Rafael Mico, Cristina Rihuete Herrada and Roberto Risch 34. The Bronze Age in the Balearic Islands, Vicente Lull, Rafael Mico, Cristina Rihuete Herrada and Roberto Risch 35. Peninsular Italy, Anna Maria Bietti Sestieri 36. The Bronze Age in Sicily, Anna Maria Bietti Sestieri 37. The Bronze Age in Sardinia, Fulvia Lo Schiavo 38. Northern Italy, Franco Nicolis 39. Switzerland and the Central Alps, Philippe Della Casa 40. Germany in the Bronze Age, Albrecht Jockenhovel 41. Scandinavia, Henrik Thrane 42. The Bronze Age in the Polish Lands, Janusz Czebreszuk 43. The Czech Lands and Austria in the Bronze Age, Lubos Jiran, Milan Salas and Alexandra Krenn-Leeb 44. Slovakia and Hungary, Klara Markova with Gabor Ilon 45. The Western Balkans in the Bronze Age, Biba Terzan, with Snjezana Karavanic 46. Castellieri-Gradine of the Northern Adriatic, Kristina Mihovilic 47. Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria, Nikolaus Boroffka 48. Ukraine and Russia in the Bronze Age, Hermann Parzinger