Mesolithic Europe (Paperback)
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Mesolithic Europe (Paperback)

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Paperback 500 Pages / Published: 21/06/2010
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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 ten thousand and five thousand 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 colonisation 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. Providing a pan-European overview, Mesolithic Europe includes regional syntheses written by experts in each region as well as a diversity of theoretical perspectives.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521147972
Number of pages: 500
Weight: 1000 g
Dimensions: 251 x 175 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... the book ... will become the standard reference work on the subject for both specialists and non-specialists, the first port of call when any information is needed.' Journal of Archaeological Science
'In Mesolithic Europe, Geoff Bailey and Penny Spikins are to be congratulated for having provided us with a comprehensive summary of current knowledge of the Mesolithic of much of Europe. The book is a large one which is useful in that it covers areas frequently given considerably less attention in equivalent volumes, most of which tend to concentrate on specific regions of the continent. ... One thing which becomes increasingly apparent as one reads the chapters in this book is the richness and diversity of the Mesolithic archaeological record in the areas covered. ... For this the authors and editors are to be congratulated in providing what will surely become a standard work of reference for years to come.' Cambridge Archaeological Journal
'Mesolithic Europe has allowed a remarkable gathering of well-established scholars from different traditions, and will become a key reference for students and researchers, bearing in mind the virtual absence of monographic works on this topic.' Archaeological Review from Cambridge
"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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