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An Ethnography of the Neolithic

An Ethnography of the Neolithic
Early Prehistoric Societies in Southern Scandinavia

Part of New Studies in Archaeology

  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521568210

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  • An Ethnography of the Neolithic provides a provocative and novel reconstruction of society in Scandinavia over a period of 3,000 years. Christopher Tilley integrates a wide range of evidence, from prehistoric landscapes to the symbolic significance of axes and pots, to recreate in an accessible way the lives of the final hunter-gatherer-fishers and first farmers in Sweden and Denmark. His skillful fusion of archaeological evidence and new anthropological approaches makes this book an original contribution to a widely debated topic.

    • Shows how archaeologists can produce a social interpretation of the past
    • Provides an up-to-date synthesis of earlier Scandinavian prehistory
    • Written in an accessible way, with well over a hundred plates, figures, maps etc
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    "It remains the virtue of the book that it so consistently and successfully integrates the social and symbolic and demonstrates how social and cosmological changes are related, defining an increasingly competitive and complex order of social reproduction that integrates the past and the present through complex rituals and through a ritualization of landscape....The book is a must for archaeologists and a welcome inspiration for an anthropology of material culture." Kristian Kristiansen, American Anthropologist

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    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521568210
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 68 b/w illus. 19 colour illus. 35 maps 34 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic:
    1. The original affluent society
    2. Axes, pots and monuments
    Part II. Stone Monuments and Society in the Middle Neolithic:
    3. Monument construction and social competition
    4. Settlement, tomb and landscape
    5. Death and body symbolism
    6. The social lives of artifacts
    7. Neolithic politics and a religion of the body
    8. Epilogue: working with metaphors.

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    Christopher Tilley, University College London

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