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Mesolithic Europe

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Penny Spikins, Marek Zvelebil, Hein Bjerck, Hans Peter Blankholm, Chris Tolan-Smith, Leo Verhardt, Nicolas Valdeyron, Michael Jochim, Jiri Svoboda, Clive Bonsall, Pavel Doluckanov, Pavel Doluckanov, Lawrence Guy Straus, Mark Pluciennik, Geoff Bailey
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521147972

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  • This book focuses on the archaeology of the hunter-gatherer societies that inhabited Europe in the millennia between the Last Ice Age and the spread of agriculture, between 10,000 and 5,000 years ago. Traditionally viewed as a period of cultural stagnation, new data now demonstrate that this was a period of radical change and innovation. This was the period that witnessed the colonization of extensive new territory at high latitudes and high altitudes following postglacial climatic change, the development of seafaring, and the synthesis of the technological, economic, and social capabilities that underpinned the later development of agricultural and urban societies.

    • Diversity of theoretical perspectives including the latest ideas
    • Up-to-date regional syntheses written by experts in each region
    • New data from previously inaccessible or little known areas of Europe
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Mesolithic Europe is an impressive, updated, and concise synthesis of the early Post-Glacial European hunter-gatherer record that brings together the research of 14 authors from Europe and the United States. Against all odds, the editors have dealt with the major constraint of presenting a pan-European synthesis in a single, handy volume, with a reasonable amount of detail, adequately documented and illustrated. This book strikes a balance between the local and the global and facts and interpretation, allowing the reader to use it both as reference to the regional records presented and also as a valuable source of information about emerging patterns and ideas regarding the period." --Journal of Field Archaeology

    "Mesolithic Europe is encyclopedic in scopel it is not a textbook, nor is it a book one reads for general interest, but rather a primary source for academic research." -Laurie Milne, Canadian Journal of Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521147972
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 175 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Mesolithic Europe - glimpses of another world Penny Spikins
    2. Innovating hunter-gatherers: the Mesolithic in the Baltic Marek Zvelebil
    3. Norwegian Mesolithic trends: a review Hein Bjerck
    4. Southern Scandinavia Hans Peter Blankholm
    5. Mesolithic Britain Chris Tolan-Smith
    6. New developments in the study of the Mesolithic of the low countries Leo Verhardt
    7. The Mesolithic in France Nicolas Valdeyron
    8. The Mesolithic of the Upper Danube and the Upper Rhine Michael Jochim
    9. The Mesolithic of the Middle Danube and Upper Elbe rivers Jiri Svoboda
    10. The Mesolithic of the iron gates Clive Bonsall
    11. The Mesolithic of European Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine Pavel Doluckanov
    12. The Mesolithic of Atlantic Iberia Lawrence Guy Straus
    13. The coastal Mesolithic of the European Mediterranean Mark Pluciennik
    14. Mesolithic Europe, overview and new problems Geoff Bailey.

  • Editors

    Geoff Bailey, University of York
    Geoff Bailey is Anniversary Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. He has published widely on a variety of topics in prehistory, including the major monograph on Klithi: Paleolithic Settlement and Quaternary Landscapes in Northwest Greece. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists.

    Penny Spikins, University of York
    Penny Spikins is Lecturer in Prehistory in the Department of Archaeology, University of York. She has published on a broad range of topics in prehistoric archaeology and directed the West Yorkshire Mesolithic Project and the Searching for Submerged Sites Project in Northern England, and has carried out research in Argentina.


    Penny Spikins, Marek Zvelebil, Hein Bjerck, Hans Peter Blankholm, Chris Tolan-Smith, Leo Verhardt, Nicolas Valdeyron, Michael Jochim, Jiri Svoboda, Clive Bonsall, Pavel Doluckanov, Pavel Doluckanov, Lawrence Guy Straus, Mark Pluciennik, Geoff Bailey

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