The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory

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Emma Blake, A. Bernard Knapp
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Social Science - 352 pages
This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the archaeology of Mediterranean prehistory and an essential reference to the most recent research and fieldwork.

  • Only book available to offer general coverage of Mediterranean prehistory
  • Written by 14 of the leading archaeologists in the field
  • Spans the Neolithic through the Iron Age, and draws from all the major regions of the Mediterranean's coast and islands
  • Presents the central debates in Mediterranean prehistory---trade and interaction, rural economies, ritual, social structure, gender, monumentality, insularity, archaeometallurgy and the metals trade, stone technologies, settlement, and maritime traffic---as well as contemporary legacies of the region's prehistoric past
  • Structure of text is pedagogically driven
  • Engages diverse theoretical approaches so students will see the benefits of multivocality


1 Prehistory in the Mediterranean The Connecting and Corrupting Sea
2 Substances in Motion Neolithic Mediterranean Trade
3 Agriculture Pastoralism and Mediterranean Landscapes in Prehistory
4 Changing Social Relations in the Mediterranean Copper and Bronze Ages
5 The Material Expression of Cult Ritual and Feasting
6 The Gendered Sea Iconography Gender and Mediterranean Prehistory
7 The Genesis of Monuments among the Mediterranean Islands
8 Lithic Technologies and Use
9 Archaeometallurgy in the Mediterranean The Social Context of Mining Technology and Trade
10 Settlement in the Prehistoric Mediterranean
11 Maritime Commerce and Geographies of Mobility in the Late Bronze Age of the Eastern Mediterranean Problematizations
12 Museum Archaeology and the Mediterranean Cultural Heritage

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About the author (2008)

Emma Blake is Visiting Assistant Professor in Classical Studies, University of Michigan. Her articles have appeared in World Archaeology, the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, the European Journal of Archaeology, and the American Journal of Archaeology.

A. Bernard Knapp is Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow. He co-edits the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology (with John F. Cherry) and is co-editor of Archaeologies of Landscape (with Wendy Ashmore, Blackwell 1999).

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