Greece Before History: An Archaeological Companion and Guide

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Stanford University Press, 2001 - History - 202 pages
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This book, a guide and companion to the prehistoric archaeology of Greece, is designed for students, travelers, and all general readers interested in archaeology. Greece has perhaps the longest and richest archaeological record in Europe, and this book reviews what is known of Greece from the earliest inhabitants in the Stone Age to the end of the Bronze Age and the collapse of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations.

The book describes the prehistoric cultures of Greece in chronological order, and illustrates with 98 detailed drawings each culture’s typical artifacts, architecture, burial customs, and art. Written in an informal and accessible style free of scientific jargon, the book can be used in the classroom or as a guide for the traveler, or read simply for pleasure by anyone with a curiosity about the earliest ages of this fascinating region.

Although intended for a wide audience, the book has a solid scientific foundation. The authors are professional archaeologists with more than 25 years of experience in the field and with a first-hand knowledge of the methods and results of contemporary research. There is no other book today that covers the same range of periods and subjects, making it essential reading for anyone interested in the early civilizations that shaped the Greek landscape, laid the foundations for Classical Greek civilization, and contributed in many ways to the formation of the modern Greek world.

The authors have been careful to address the many questions concerning prehistoric Greece that have been asked them by students and visitors to Greece through the years. The illustrations were created especially for this book, showing familiar artifacts and sites from a new perspective, and selecting others for illustration that rarely, if ever, appear in popular publications.

  

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Contents

One An Introduction to the Prehistory of Greece
1
How It All Began
9
The Earliest Greek Civilization
41
Savage Virtues and Barbarous Grandeur
65
Five The End of the Bronze Age World
115
Six Santorini and the Legend of Atlantis
129
Seven A Tour of the Principal Monuments of Prehistoric Greece
139
Eight Last Reflections
153
Appendixes
159
Bibliographic Essay
181
Index
195
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About the author (2001)

Curtis Runnels is Professor of Archaeology at Boston University. Among his recent books is Artifact and Assemblage: The Finds from a Regional Survey of the Southern Argolid, Greece (co-editor), (Stanford, 1995). Priscilla M. Murray is Programs Admi

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