The Past in Prehistoric Societies
By (author) Richard Bradley
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Past in Prehistoric Societies by Richard Bradley
Book DescriptionThe idea of prehistory dates from the nineteenth century, but Richard Bradley contends that it is still a vital area for research. He argues that it is only through a combination of oral tradition and the experience of encountering ancient material culture that people were able to formulate a sense of their own pasts without written records. The Past in Prehistoric Societies presents case studies which extend from the Palaeolithic to the early Middle Ages and from the Alps to Scandinavia. It examines how archaeologists might study the origin of myths and the different ways in which prehistoric people would have inherited artefacts from the past. It also investigates the ways in which ancient remains might have been invested with new meanings long after their original significance had been forgotten. Finally, the author compares the procedures of excavation and field survey in the light of these examples. The work includes a large number of detailed case studies, is fully illustrated and has been written in an extremely accessible style.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415276283
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Bradley
Later Prehistory of North-West Europe, Hardback (November 2015)
The Later Prehistory of North-West Europe provides a unique, up-to-date, and easily accessible synthesis of the later prehistoric archaeology of north-west Europe, surveying changes in social forms, landscape organization, monument types, and ritual practices over six millennia.
Idea of Order, Hardback (October 2012)
Bradley's volume uses archaeological evidence to investigate the creation, use, and ultimate demise of circular architecture in prehistoric Europe. Concerned mainly with the prehistoric period from the origins of farming to the early first millennium AD, it considers the role of circular features across a wide geographical spectrum.
Image and Audience, Hardback (March 2009)» View all books by Richard Bradley
In this extensively illustrated study, Richard Bradley asks why ancient objects were created and when and how they were used. He considers how the first definitions of prehistoric artworks were made, and the ways in which they might be related to practices in the visual arts today.
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