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Creativity in the Bronze Age
Understanding Innovation in Pottery, Textile, and Metalwork Production

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Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Joanna Sofaer, Lise Bender Jørgensen, Antoinette Rast-Eicher, Grahame Appleby, Sophie Bergerbrant, Sarah Coxon, Sølvi Helene Fossøy, Helga Rösel-Mautendorfer, Flemming Kaul, Darko Maričević, Sebastian Becker, Karina Grömer, Sanjin Mihelić
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  • Date Published: January 2018
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  • Creativity is an integral part of human history, yet most studies focus on the modern era, leaving unresolved questions about the formative role that creativity has played in the past. This book explores the fundamental nature of creativity in the European Bronze Age. Considering developments in crafts that we take for granted today, such as pottery, textiles, and metalwork, the volume compares and contrasts various aspects of their development, from the construction of the materials themselves, through the production processes, to the design and effects deployed in finished objects. It explores how creativity is closely related to changes in material culture, how it directs responses to the new and unfamiliar, and how it has resulted in changes to familiar things and practices. Written by an international team of scholars, the case studies in this volume consider wider issues and provide detailed insights into creative solutions found in specific objects.

    • Focuses on an underexplored but critical aspect of prehistoric material culture through the exploration of creativity, offering readers new insights and understandings of the European Bronze Age
    • Case studies showcase specific objects from all over prehistoric Europe as a complement to wider discussions of materials and concepts, giving readers accessible ways of understanding key issues by providing specific examples
    • This book widely covers Europe and has a unique focus on three key prehistoric materials by experts in the field, providing important teaching and learning opportunities for instructors and students based on data, some of which is completely new
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    • Date Published: January 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108383677
    • contains: 69 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Joanna Sofaer and Lise Bender Jørgensen
    Part I. Raw Materials: Creativity and the Properties of Materials: Introduction Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Joanna Sofaer and Lise Bender Jørgensen
    Fibres for Bronze Age textiles Lise Bender Jørgensen and Antoinette Rast-Eicher
    Making metals: from copper to bronze Marie Louise Stig Sørensen and Grahame Appleby
    Potter's clay Joanna Sofaer
    Creativity and materials: reflections Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Joanna Sofaer and Lise Bender Jørgensen
    Part II. Production Practices: Introduction Lise Bender Jørgensen, Marie Louise Stig Sørensen and Joanna Sofaer
    Textile production Lise Bender Jørgensen
    The production of metal objects Grahame Appleby and Marie Louise Stig Sørensen
    The production of pottery Joanna Sofaer
    Case studies
    Introduction
    1. Creativity and spindle whorls at the Bronze Age tell of Százhalombatta-Földvár, Hungary Sophie Bergerbrant
    2. Forming metal: the development of moulds Grahame Appleby and Marie Louise Stig Sørensen
    3. Variability in the Chaîne Opératoire: the case of Belegiš cremation vessels Sarah Coxon
    4. The production of Scandinavian Bronze Age textiles: skill and creativity Sølvi Helene Fossøy
    5. Twisting the Bronze Age Lise Bender Jørgensen
    Production practices: reflections Lise Bender Jørgensen, Marie Louise Stig Sørensen and Joanna Sofaer
    Part III. Effects: Shape, Motifs, Pattern, Colour, and Texture: Introduction Joanna Sofaer, Lise Bender Jørgensen and Marie Louise Stig Sørensen
    Case studies
    Introduction
    6. Creativity in Bronze Age tailoring: women's blouses from Denmark Helga Rösel-Mautendorfer
    7. The one-edged razor: a vivid medium of creativity and meaning Flemming Kaul
    8. Creativity in middle and late Bronze Age bird-shaped and bird-ornamented ceramic objects in the Carpathian Basin and the lower Danube Region Darko Maričević and Joanna Sofaer
    9. To decorate a Nordic Bronze Age razor: a design challenge Marie Louise Stig Sørensen and Grahame Appleby
    10. Creativity as sensual cosmology: bird iconography on metalwork in Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Europe Sebastian Becker
    11. Pots and stories: creativity and design in the Bronze Age of the Pannonian Plain Joanna Sofaer
    12. Left-right logic: an innovation of the Nordic Bronze Age Flemming Kaul
    13. Textiles: pattern, structure, texture, and decoration Karina Grömer
    14. Pattern, colour, and texture in encrusted ceramics in the Carpathian Basin Joanna Sofaer and Sanjin Mihelić
    15. Creating effects in Litzenkeramik Karina Grömer, Sanjin Mihelić, Sarah Coxon and Joanna Sofaer
    Creativity and effects: reflections Joanna Sofaer, Lise Bender Jørgensen and Marie Louise Stig Sørensen
    Conclusion Joanna Sofaer, Marie Louise Stig Sørensen and Lise Bender Jørgensen.

  • Authors

    Lise Bender Jørgensen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
    Lise Bender Jørgensen is Professor Emerita of Archaeology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. She is an internationally regarded expert in prehistoric textiles, with an extensive publication record which includes the monographs Forhistoriske Textiler i Skandinavien (Prehistoric Scandinavian Textiles) (1986) and North European Textiles until AD 1000 (1992).

    Joanna Sofaer, University of Southampton
    Joanna Sofaer is Professor of Archaeology at University of Southampton. She is the author of several volumes, including Clay in the Age of Bronze: Essays in the Archaeology of Prehistoric Creativity (Cambridge, 2015) and The Body as Material Culture (Cambridge, 2006). She is co-director of the excavation of the Bronze Age tell at Százhalombatta-Földvár, Hungary.

    Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, University of Cambridge
    Marie Louise Stig Sørensen is Professor of European Prehistory and Heritage Studies, University of Cambridge, and Professor of Bronze Age Studies, Universiteit Leiden. She has worked extensively on various aspects of the Bronze Age, with a special focus on the construction and performance of identity, and is the author of Gender Archaeology (2000). She is co-director of the excavation of the Bronze Age tell at Százhalombatta-Földvár, Hungary.

    Contributors

    Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Joanna Sofaer, Lise Bender Jørgensen, Antoinette Rast-Eicher, Grahame Appleby, Sophie Bergerbrant, Sarah Coxon, Sølvi Helene Fossøy, Helga Rösel-Mautendorfer, Flemming Kaul, Darko Maričević, Sebastian Becker, Karina Grömer, Sanjin Mihelić

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