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Forging Identities in the prehistory of Old Europe By John Chapman

Forging Identities in the prehistory of Old Europe by John Chapman

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A synthesis of the prehistory of South East, Central and Eastern Europe (7000 - 3000 BC).

Forging Identities in the prehistory of Old Europe Summary

Forging Identities in the prehistory of Old Europe: Dividuals, individuals and communities, 7000-3000 BC by John Chapman

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.

About John Chapman

John Chapman is the Emeritus Professor of European Prehistory at Durham University, UK. After completion of a Balkan Neolithic PhD from London, he devoted all of his career to that field. He has co-directed major fieldwork projects in Croatia, Hungary and Ukraine and helped to pioneer the sub-field of fragmentation research.

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

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9789088909481
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Forging Identities in the prehistory of Old Europe: Dividuals, individuals and communities, 7000-3000 BC by John Chapman
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Sidestone Press
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