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Farmers made a sudden and dramatic appearance in Greece around 7000 BC, bringing with them new ceramics and crafts, and establishing settled villages. Their settlements provide the link between the first agricultural Near Eastern communities and the subsequent spread of the new technologies to the Balkans and Western Europe. Drawing on evidence from a wide range of archaeological sources, including often neglected "small finds", the author introduces daring new perspectives on funerary rituals and the distribution of figurines, and constructs a complex and subtle picture of early Neolithic societies.Read more
- The first book devoted to the earliest farming communities in the prehistoric Greece, 7000 BC
- A problem-oriented approach that makes use of and weaves together different categories of archaeological data, including often neglected 'small finds'
- Discusses theoretical and methodological topics of general archaeological and anthropological interest
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"This fresh, authoritative coverage of the early Neolithic in eastern Greece wraps together a nice presentation of the principal sites, an evaluation of the radiocarbon chronology, and a well-illustrated review of crafts with a penetrating review of the major interpretive questions...While an essential volume for colleges and universities with programs in archaeology, anthropology, and classical studies, the engaging text will also appeal to informed general readers. An excellent bibliography carries coverage through the mid-1990's." ChoiceSee more reviews
"This fresh, authoritative coverage of the early Neolithic in eastern Greece wraps together a nice presentationof the principal sites, an evaluation of the radiocarbon chronology, and a well-illustrated review of crafts with a penetrating review of the major interpretive questions. While an essential volume for colleges and universities with programs in archaeology, anthropology, and classical studies, the engaging text will also appeal to informed general readers." Choice
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- Date Published: November 2001
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521000277
- length: 372 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- contains: 68 b/w illus. 17 maps 11 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The land and its resources: the geographic context
2. The Mesolithic background
3. The introduction of farming: local processes, diffusion or colonization?
4. Foreign colonists: where from?
5. The earliest Neolithic deposits: 'aceramic', 'pre-pottery' or 'ceramic'?
6. The spread of the Early Neolithic in Greece: chronological and geographical aspects
7. A case study in Early Neolithic settlement patterns: Eastern Thessaly
8. Early Neolithic subsistence economy: the domestic and the wild
9. The Early Neolithic village
10. Craft specialization: the contrasting cases of chipped stone tools, pottery and ornaments
11. A variety of daily crafts
12. Ritual interaction? The miniature world of 'dolls or deities'
13. Interacting with the dead: from the disposal of the body to funerary rituals
14. Interactions among the living.
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