Ancient Europe

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Aldine Transaction Pub.,
Pub. Date:
[2007]
Language:
English
Description

This book interprets the main lines of European prehistory from the first agricultural communities in the sixth or even seventh millennium B.C. until the incorporation of much of barbarian Europe within the Roman Empire. It traces the beginnings of animal domestication and plant cultivation in ancient Western Asia, and the transmission of these skills by movements of peoples or by assimilation, in the European continent. The early technology of working in copper, and later in bronze, is discussed. Metal winning and working, and trade in raw materials and finished products, brought social and political repercussions to barbarian and civilised peoples alike.

The spread of the Indo-European languages is considered in its archaeological context, as is the formation of the Celtic peoples, soon to acquire iron technology and to become the main barbarian component in Europe, side-by-side with the civilised Mediterranean societies, Greek, Etruscan or Roman. The later Celtic world of Europe and the British Isles is examined, and an attempt made to estimate the contribution of the older barbarian world to the Europe, which emerged from the ruins of the Roman Empire, geographically, the book ranges over the whole European field, from the Atlantic shores to the Urals and the Caucasus. While it does not pretend to be a prehistory of Europe within the period chosen, the book does bring together and discuss for the first time much scattered and often little-known archaeological evidence.

This book is organized in a manner that will permit it being read on two levels. For the general non-specialist reader, the text and illustrations should give a sufficient idea of the nature of the theme and of the evidence, and of the development of the barbarian cultures side-by-side with the civilizations of antiquity, as their precursors and their subsequent counterparts. For the archaeological student however the text is documented with rather full references and notes at the end of each chapter, and a select bibliography, which should facilitate access to the original sources.

Stuart Piggott (1910-1996) taught later European prehistory to Honors students in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, where he held the Abercromy Chair. He retired from the Chair in 1977, and in 1983 he received the gold medal of the Society of Antiquaries of London, as well as the Grahame Clark medal of the British Academy in 1992. He was most known for his work on prehistoric Wessex.

More Details
ISBN:
9780202309392
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 9a07495c-24eb-45f7-2089-3f8b123a127d
full_title ancient europe
author piggott stuart
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-14 05:04:48AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Piggott, Stuart.
author_display Piggott, Stuart
available_at_arlington Central
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id 9a07495c-24eb-45f7-2089-3f8b123a127d
isbn 9780202309392
item_details ils:.b13202868|.i14082895|Central Adult Nonfiction|936 PIGGO|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Feb 26, 2015|can||
itype_arlington Paperback
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 936 PIGGO
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
primary_isbn 9780202309392
publishDate 2007
record_details ils:.b13202868|Book|Books||English|Aldine Transaction Pub.,|[2007]|xxiii, 340 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b13202868|.i14082895|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet Europe -- Antiquities, Europe -- Civilization
title_display Ancient Europe
title_full Ancient Europe / Stuart Piggott
title_short Ancient Europe